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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

MSG Re:libressl-2.1.3 (96 comments)

OpenSSL remains the only portable SSL library that can be used by both open source and commercial developers alike

Kind of. Its license actually isn't compatible with the GPL, so there's a whole lot of Free Software developers that can't use it.

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

MSG Re:Being nice is why business is a clusterfsck (361 comments)

When Person A comes to you and asks for your opinion/feedback on person X (which they are considering hiring), you are not allowed to say person X suck

I think you misunderstood what you were told. Or they misunderstood something themselves. What you described is not true.

I'm mostly certain that what someone along the line was trying to describe was that if person X is applying for a job, and you contact their former employers to verify their work history, the former employers are only allowed to confirm or deny your employment. They cannot be used as references. If they give you any kind of feedback on person X other than confirming work history, they could be sued for doing so. That is why work history is listed separately from references.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

MSG Re:I agree with Lennart (551 comments)

Are you upset that I said not the same process instead of not the same binary?

Those things are handled by separate programs, entirely. Systemd is small tools, doing individual, well defined jobs.

Are you happier now?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

MSG Re:I agree with Lennart (551 comments)

Some of them are templates that systemd uses to creat temporary conffig files at boot time!

I'm familiar with those. They're much better than what we used to have. In the old system, there was either a mountain of repeated code with minor differences, or there were templates that were modified with sed to create individual configuration files.

Maintaining the templates is far easier.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

MSG Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (551 comments)

Systemd is a tool, not just a project. Systemd as a tool tries to do many different things

You are misinformed. Systemd is a project which provides a collection of tools. One of them handles daemon and system startup. One of them handles logging. One of them handles device node creation. One of them handles firewall rule management. etc.

Systemd is quite UNIX-y.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

MSG Re:Lennart, do you listen to sysadmins? (551 comments)

Can we have a cut-down, simplified version of systemd for servers and doesn't try to replace several layers of server side system functionality such as logging?

We already have that. Journald is optional. You can turn it off.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

MSG Re:I agree with Lennart (551 comments)

I also like how he calls systemd non-monolithic, of course, without giving any reason for why that is.

And that seems to be one of the big differences between people who like systemd and people who don't.

People who actually took the time to look at systemd more often like the design, and understand that the one project consists of many small tools.

Then there's a community of people who rely entirely on hearsay. They don't like systemd, but almost all of the things they don't like about it aren't true. In this case, believing that PID 1 is a process that does daemon handling, and logging, and firewall rule handling, and DNS, and device node handling, and...

Those things are not handled by the same process. It's non-monolithic. It's small tools doing individual, well defined jobs.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

MSG Re:A few answers from the original AC (403 comments)

Because it contradicts the Unix philosophy of having a lot of little utilities that each do one thing

systemd is actually a lot of little utilities that each do one thing. If you don't know that, you're probably getting your information from biased sources.

Although the signal to noise ratio on here sometimes approaches zero, there is the occasional informed opinion

You're welcome.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

MSG Re:owners of older machines, behold... (177 comments)

Firefox is also a smaller download, a smaller install, starts faster, runs JavaScript faster, allows plugins on the mobile version, and allows users to run their own sync server, compared with Chrome.

Mozilla's work is really shining these days. Firefox is a better browser by every metric I can think of.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

MSG Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

...which is basically the only valid criticism in this entire thread. Google made one phone whose support ended too soon, mostly because the SoC vendor essentially went tits up.

Which is an excellent example for why Free Software matters at all levels of the stack, including firmware. Too many people fail to take that seriously.

about three weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

MSG Re:Google's official support policy (629 comments)

Google's support policy is no such thing, but Google only sets the policy for the hardware that they sell.

I seriously cannot understand how naive this conversation is. If you buy a product from Company X, you are exchanging money for goods and services from Company X. It is their responsibility to provide you with goods and services.

It is not Google's responsibility to do the development, testing, and support for hardware from Company X for which they were not paid.

Google supports their phones for a very reasonable amount of time. If you want support, I suggest you buy one.

about three weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

MSG Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

If my phone is running Android OS, then I should be able to get updates straight from Google.

If that's what you want, then BUY A PHONE FROM GOOGLE.

Otherwise, you're expecting Google to provide the development and support for hardware they didn't sell. Your money goes to company X, but you expect Google to do the work? That's not how any economic system works. You made an exchange of money for goods with company X. Warranty, support, etc is their responsibility. They're the one that you're paying.

about three weeks ago
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Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

MSG Re:Well Then (148 comments)

I was thinking the same thing. 3DES isn't deprecated because it's insecure, it's deprecated because it's SLOW. Its security is fine.

about three weeks ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

MSG Re:Sigh. (156 comments)

I'm an IT guy. I know that transaction takes milliseconds to process.

And like a typical IT guy, what you "know" is beyond question. No way you could possibly be wrong.

If, someday, you work with enterprise systems, you might come to realize that very large systems are often riddled with inefficiencies. When multiple parties are involved, or legal compliance, those inefficiencies can become powerfully entrenched.

Take a look at some of the high rated comments on this article for explanations as to why and how banking is not as efficient as you imagine.

about a month and a half ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

MSG Re:Great. More touchscreens. (233 comments)

Have you been car shopping lately? Find a car that meets all of your non-electric criteria that still has physical buttons.

Yep. Bought a Honda Insight this year. Unlike the Prius, it has all physical buttons.

Sadly, the Prius dominates that market segment, and the Insight is being discontinued.

about a month and a half ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

MSG And men will ask why... (171 comments)

Perhaps someone should introduce Julian to Marcus Porcius Cato.

about a month and a half ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

MSG Re:No (545 comments)

As a newly unemployed individual contributor, I vote yes

I just want to point out the the post you replied to was voicing a "no" vote for overtime exemptions, which is the same position that you are advocating.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

MSG Re:Free Software (161 comments)

Quite the opposite. In the last few years, Firefox has worked harder on reducing memory use and improving performance than anyone, and it shows.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

MSG Re:Free Software (161 comments)

That's true of all browsers. Firefox uses less RAM than any other browser, with an equal number of tabs open, on any platform I've seen numbers for.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

MSG Free Software (161 comments)

A lot of us benefit from Free Software. Android is primarily developed by Google, so it has a steady source of funding. GNU/Linux has a large community of volunteers, but is honestly developed primarily by businesses that get revenue from server support contracts (Red Hat, Intel, SuSE, IBM, Google, to name a few).

Firefox is, by a host of measures, the best browser available. If I'm reading arewefastyet properly, it's the browser with the fastest Javascript engine now. The last time I checked, it's the smallest download. It uses the least RAM. It starts fastest. It supports plugins on all platforms, including mobile.

The browser is key to practically every Internet service, and they all really should be contributing to the development of the one browser that's fully Free Software. Sadly, unlike Android and GNU/Linux, Firefox is essentially ad-supported. It's a bad situation for us, the users.

about 2 months ago

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