US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion
Yes, we should give that obviously highly valuable wireless spectrum to cell phone companies for free! Because they will pass those savings directly to us, and not horde the profits for themselves!
Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
Is Tizen running X-windows?
That is one thing I like about my N900: I can pretty easily compile old x-windows programs, and I can ssh to a remote machine and pop up a remote program. Or I can just copy my python-gtk scripts to my phone and they just work.
Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It
A heat gun requires you to know where to heat. An oven does not.
Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility
Yes, there are emacs/vi fights, but in truth these are in fun. There is not a single vi user who would say that they should build a distribution where emacs did not work. There is not a single emacs user who would say it is OK to build a distribution where vi did not work. Everyone in this community would really say, even though you may be stupid for making your choice, our distribution should work under whichever you choose.
This General Resolution was about making certain that the distribution still worked even if someone chose to use a different init system. I am not sure why that is contentious.
EFF Hints At Lawsuit Against Verizon For Its Stealth Cookies
Is this not an illegal man-in-the-middle intercept and hack of my data?
I created (via my web browser) the http header and request. My device sent that http header and request to another computer with whom I want to communicate. Someone (ATT, Verizon) intercept my data, read it, hack it, and send it along. How is this not completely illegal.
How To View the Antares Launch
If you are ever out in Maryland, these launches are worth visiting. Here is a hint: Do not go to Chincoteague Island. It is crowded and it is not all that close. You can get twice as close and less crowded by driving around on some back country roads. Google maps/earth is your friend. From our vantage point we could see the rocket before launch. At launch it was blinding. It lit up the entire landscape and we could feel the thunder thumping our chests. 100% worth it.
Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
The systemd version is significantly shorter than bash script. Yay. However,
(1) I would have to read many pages of documentation to figure out what the systemd version actually does, whereas I can just read the bash script and see what it does. What if I don't know sh? Then, I am not a real sys admin. The shell is used in many places in administering a UNIX system, not just the init system.
(2) Most importantly, I can hack that bash script to do whatever I damn well please. Have I hacked init scripts before? You bet your booty I have.
Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving
See the subject line.
Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important
I always new that show was real.
Journalists Route Around White House Press Office
Of course there are going to be dozens of free speech comments, and how this is censorship and a terrible thing. But the reality is that the president gives these reporters unprecedented access to his daily life that he need not give them at all. From TFA:
Carney told the pool reporter, David Nakamura of The Washington Post, that the workout was part of the first ladyâ(TM)s personal time and therefore off limits to reporters. Nakamura disagreed but reluctantly deleted the line to ensure that his report would be sent.
If I were president, Mr. Nakamura would have no fricking clue when and where my wife was working out, and if people did not like that, they could kiss my ass.
Analysis of Linux Backdoor Used In Freenode Hack
The most common black-hat software is pretty dumb, e.g. brute force ssh attack, install custom ssh client, attack other machines' ssh with brute force. By comparison this is pretty savy. It sounds like someone was targeting freenode specifically.
National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court
Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?
If he had chosen a standards compliant open-source VPN solution, then he would not have to sue. He could hire programmers to fix the problem himself, rather than hiring lawyers to sue the company and hope that someday two years from now the problem is resolved.
Microsoft Announces Windows 10
Windows has caught up with fvwm. 1.
Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
The logging is a perfect example. Why do I have to learn a new program (journalctl) just to read the system logs? What if I had to learn the syntax of a new program to read the logs of every program that I used? That would suck. If openvpn and mysql and httpd and sshd all had their own little program that I had to use to read their logs, I would give up using Unix.
I already have a program to read all logs, more or less. And I already have a program that searches all the logs, egrep. Yes, I had to learn egrep syntax, but now that I know it, I can do almost any search imaginable of any program's logs. Except systemd.
Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor
It doesn't teach to laugh at geeks and nerds. It laughs at the stereotypes tied to geeks and nerds.
No, those are not stereotypes. They are characters probably based on real people. I watch the show and it completely reminds me of my college and grad school years and the people whom I knew then, including the Texan. It literally gives me flashbacks.
Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet
Not only was it virtually impossible to get rid of, MS in several cases argued that it was an integral part of the OS and therefore it could not be removed and replaced with any other browser.
Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers
If only getting rid of slashdot beta were that easy....
Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia
I have edited Wikipedia. Recently I found an error on a mathematical web page. I fixed it, explained the error in the logs, and it stayed fixed. No problems
Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide
The advantage of older init systems, whether Sys V or BSD, was that I could figure them out. I did not know those systems well, I was not an expert in them. If all the scripts in them changed overnight I would be fine with that. But the advantage was that I could easily figure out how to search or hack or change them just by using programs that display or process text.
Systemd changes that. Now not even the log files are text. Systemd cannot be figured out or easily hacked. You can only do with it what others want you to do with it, unless you are willing to dive into source code, recompile and reinstall.
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