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Citizen complaint of the day: Operating system segmentation fault on East Boston street

Car with New Hampshire plates parking in resident-only spot on Horace Street

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint about this New Hampshire Tesla with LINUX plates parked in a two-hour spot for more than three hours this afternoon on Horace Street just off Byron Street this afternoon.

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Sorry, I spent a long time at a computer-networking trade publication, so couldn't help myself. A "segmentation fault" is when a program tries to put some data in a segment of computer memory where it doesn't belong (which then typically results in a crash, which hopefully won't happen on Horace Street).

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Worst kind of error to debug

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While I think custom license plates are generally just a cry for attention, a Linux one is pretty awesome. And unlike the others, you're not boxed into a walled garden from Apple or spyware laden OS like Windows.

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While those plates have always been expensive in Mass they are cheap in NH. So while the Mass guy wants you to know that he's a Dr the NH person is just expressing themself. Many, many NH vehicles cars have these and become "can you think of a good one?"

So, does no one want to mention the inherent Kareness of calling the cops for parking 3 hours in a 2 hour zone or just say out of state drivers make me a Karen.

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I still remember years ago when I was next to two women in their early to mid-twenties having a conversation where one was lamenting that she couldn't get a vanity plate with her name (Stacy) because it wasn't available. Her friend asked if she had tried swapping the "A" for a "4" because it would look close enough.

Stacy then ran through all of the different permutations she had tried and closed it with a woeful, "But all of them were taken!"

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it was really her mom who had it going on.

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"So, does no one want to mention the inherent Kareness of calling the cops for parking 3 hours in a 2 hour zone or just say out of state drivers make me a Karen."

If they were parked on Horace Street for three hours it means the driver parked there and walked to nearby Wood Island Station to go downtown. A constant problem on residential East Boston neighborhood streets. Primarily North Shore residents use East Boston as a parking lot.

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No, three hours means three hours. I understand you can't have people park in a neighborhood and take a train into work, but you're writing fiction to up the drama.

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Can we get a Barbie?

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I have a "LINUX" NH plate that was given out by Red Hat or SuSE in the '00s. Does this Tesla have a green plate on the back?

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Digital Unix

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(I wrote the book)

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-LINUX-

The dashes make it different.

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Just “rm -rf Linux”

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This is the correct answer.

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mv ./\-LINUX\- /dev/null

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mv: inter-device move failed: './-LINUX-' to '/dev/null'; unable to remove target: Permission denied

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sudo mv ./\-LINUX\- /dev/null

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and it actually worked!

Now I need to figure out how to restore it. :-P

EDIT: man null gives the answer: sudo mknod -m 666 /dev/null c 1 3.

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Literally.

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Soooooo we all got your plate now. Live Free or Die don't go over to well up in here!

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Because of course there’s a Free Software nerd that wanted to put -LINUX- on a New Hampshire “LIVE FREE OR DIE” license plate.

(And of course it’s a Tesla… which runs Linux. Wonder if this person got root access to the car?)

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Сквозь грозы сияло нам солнце свободы,
И Linus великий нам путь озарил;
Нас вырастил Stallman на верность народу,
На труд и на подвиги нас вдохновил!
-- 1944 Soviet anthem, suitably altered

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Residential parking is only Monday through Saturday, not a Sundays. But thanks for playing Karen.

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I thought not showing license plate numbers (or letters in this case) was a recognized no-no on the internet.

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It’s not LINUX, it’s GNU/Linux!

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