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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Marillion Re:pfsense (403 comments)

The worry isn't the new processes. It's the systemd process itself. I'll grant that having systemd pre-reducing privileges is better than expecting the daemon process to reduce privileges on its own. At what point will running systemd without networking be essentially non-optional due to widespread community adoption? I feel many of the worries of the parent of your post are still valid.

about two weeks ago

Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

Marillion Re:Again... (278 comments)

Let's not forget that the Snowden documents are now a year and a half old. A year and a half ago, everyone thought the ciphers and protocols were good enough. Fast forward to the eve of 2015 and we know better. We have a new sense of what is state of the art. We know not to use ciphers with static keys that could be subject to subpoena requests and so on a so forth. I'm not so naïeve to believe that new ciphers will stop them in their tracks. The still have incredible resources to draw upon. We just have new speed bumps.

about a month ago

The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Marillion Re:If only PJ was still running groklaw! (173 comments)

I suspected it was last straw. She was looking for an excuse.

That said, however, lawyers in good standing enjoy a legal privilege of being able to discuss matters with clients in confidence and be able to withhold those discussion from the government. If you can't communicate privately the privilege is eviscerated.

Perhaps she wasn't so much worried about herself than the confidential sources she used?

about a month and a half ago

How Relevant is C in 2014?

Marillion Re:Embedded Systems (641 comments)

And don't forget to ask what language was that high level language written in?
Ruby - written in C
Erlang - written in C
Node.js - written in C with a few x86 and ARM assembler bits
Perl - written in C
Python - written in C

And the truly mind-numbing one: GNU C compiler - written in C.

about 1 month ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Marillion SSH Advice (429 comments)

I add, ServerAliveInterval 60, to my $HOME/.ssh/config file just because of appliances that are too dumb to handle long TCP connections.

about 4 months ago

Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Marillion Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

I have worked with IT professionals at a military installation. Their improvisational talent is amazing when it comes to figuring out a way to get something done within the crazy rules they have to follow.

about 4 months ago

Hacking USB Firmware

Marillion Re:Locking USB... (97 comments)

Lock Switch? Then you don't understand the problem. The problem is that in many USB Flash are two chips: a computer and memory. The host PC communicates with the USB controller and the controller talks to the memory. Most controllers are just a version of the 8051 CPU with USB logic bolted on. The lock switch would be a high-level function that returns an error on a generic block device write command. Hacking the USB device isn't hacking the flash memory, it's hacking the firmware on the 8051. The Device Firmware Update function of USB that allowed that 8051 computer to be reprogrammed should be disabled.

about 4 months ago

Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Marillion Re:Folks.... (185 comments)

For example: Hong Kong Post Root; DoD Root CA 2; Federal Common Policy CA; Staat der Nederlanden Root CA - Any of these CA can mint a certificate for ANY website.

Keep in mind that any sufficiently powerful nation is better served sending lawyers rather than hackers. Step One: All it takes is to send a court ordered warrant with gag-order to get the private key for "Go Daddy Root Certificate Authority - G2". Step Two: Mint certificates

We should do two things. 1) Browsers should also start displaying the root CA. If I go to Google and I know it's Google because "Autoridad de Certificacion Raiz del Estado Venezolano" says so, I'd be suspicious. 2) Fix the all or nothing problem. Somehow limit the domain scope of a CA. "Google Internet Authority G2" mints certificates for Google.Com. What's to keep them from minting one for MyBank.com?

about 4 months ago

Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

Marillion Re:Shouldn't be necessary, but NOT NEEDED (120 comments)

I'd worry about people hacking my car about the same time as I'd worry about people cutting my brake lines.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

Marillion Re:Breach (116 comments)

This technique works for data drives not boot drives: 100% full disk encryption. When you decommission the drive, decommission the encryption key. This technique also works with wear leveling SSD drives that might not always properly erase if you attempt to wipe the data.

about 6 months ago

OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

Marillion Re:Will it run on my WRT54G? (71 comments)

I'm running the same hardware. It's solid. Love it.

about 6 months ago

Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code

Marillion Re:old news from decades ago (199 comments)

Right. The other part of the issue is why didn't anyone write a test to verify that the buffer overflow detection code actually detects when you overflow buffers?

about 7 months ago

One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

Marillion Re:Backup? (396 comments)

I'm a fan of computing par2 repair blocks at a 15%. Every so often run a par2verify.

about 8 months ago

After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

Marillion Re:most useful? (77 comments)

This is what I use.
alias tm='tmux att || tmux'

about 9 months ago

TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

Marillion Re:IPX (149 comments)

That and if Novell had implemented a network ID registration entity. Many Novell installations used network ID 00:00:00:01 because that's what was in the manual. This made them unconnectable for all intents and purposes.

about 10 months ago

Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes Its First Flight

Marillion Re:Kirov Reporting (66 comments)

Thanks for the Command and Conquer reference. It made my day.

about 10 months ago

US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

Marillion Re:Fourth Amendment (186 comments)

One word: Contractors.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

Marillion Re:Is Snowden being tried? (261 comments)

Perhaps there are deals being worked out. These deals could be between Snowden and the US. Perhaps a deal with some other country. Perhaps a deal with a book publisher. Until a deal is reached, these deals should be private. Lastly, we should be very worried if no one is trying to make a deal because it signals that everyone has an entrenched and unyielding position.

about a year ago

Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

Marillion Re:As an ex-trucker let be first to say... (135 comments)

My wife is a UPS driver and for a long time I felt that trucking was one field that couldn't be off shored. Stuff has to keep moving.

Then one day I started to think about Google Car and I realized that the "killer app" for Google Car isn't as a car, it's as a truck. I agree it won't happen overnight, but it will happen. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 800,000 big rig truck drivers at $40,000/yr in the US. (2012 data) Another 40,000 drive delivery trucks. Politics are the only thing that will save it. It's too large a cohort of workers. I look at the the NAFTA provisions for Mexican drivers to operate in the US that haven't been implemented as evidence that Congress will discourage their adoption. Also, what congressman wants to be on record of approving "Big Scary Robot Trucks" that accidentally drove over the Smith Family minivan killing both parents and Baby Smith too.

Stats: http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag...

about a year ago



Judge orders man to apologize to wife on Facebook

Marillion Marillion writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Marillion writes "Photographer Mark Byron was so bothered by his pending divorce and child visitation issues that he blasted his soon-to-be ex-wife on his personal Facebook page. That touched off a battle that resulted in a Hamilton County judge ordering Byron jailed for his Facebook rant – and to post on his page an apology to his wife and all of his Facebook friends, something free speech experts found troubling."
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