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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Noryungi Keep dreaming (477 comments)

One point that is not in the original Guardian article is that this is a proposal only, and a proposal that only applies to French companies that are part of the "Syntec" work agreement.

- Huh?

Yes, in France, companies can adhere to negociated work agreements (named "accord") that define more precisely than the French laws what is possible and is not possible. Syntec is one such agreement, and it pretty much covers the vast majority of IT firms.

Now... What you, gentle reader, need to know, is that that the Syntec agreement is not really that nice to IT employees, as it also defines a lot of things (unpaid overtime, etc.) that are not in the interests of the workers, to say the least. And many IT firms choose not to belong to Syntec, but instead to one of the "accords" that are even more constraining. The company I work with (''it-whose-name-shall-not-ever-be-said-aloud'') belongs to an "accord" that is used to define rules... for the steel industry.

And before anyone starts foaming at the mouth about how French workers are lazy and only work 35h per week: I don't know ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE in France who works 35 hours per week, except maybe a few government employees and McDonald's workers. Yes, I know a lot of people in France who work much longer than that and, yes, I am one of them. Just so you know.

about two weeks ago

U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Noryungi In other words... (284 comments)

Corporations are people. And people have a right to free speech, right? Which, in the case at hand, is a right to censor. Right?

Well, no. Corporations are legal fictions, and coporate personhood has gone too far.

Corporations are nothing more than a piece of paper, an act of incorporation, and should be treated as such.

about three weeks ago

Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

Noryungi My take on it. (147 comments)

If you are a sysadmin, and you have a Facebook page, LinkedIn account, social-media-whatever thingmagajig or Slashdot account, the NSA may well come after you.

Remember: this is written in plain sight and the NSA created fake Slashdot account to get into Belgacom.

I am a sysadmin. I have a Slashdot account. Maybe it is time for me to say so long, and thanks for all the fish. What Beta was not able to do, the NSA did.

about a month ago

Turing's Theory of Chemical Morphogenesis Validated 60 Years After His Death

Noryungi Re:On Turing (74 comments)

Actually, he could not do women and candied apples.

You should have seen his latest attempt.

(Yes, I am kidding as well - I find it very sad that he was not able to do more in his life due to the stupid laws of his time).

about a month and a half ago

NASA Offers Bounty For Improved Asteroid Detection Algorithms

Noryungi Am I the only one... ? (38 comments)

... Who thinks this whole article is written like a freaking marketing PR announcement?

I mean: "We are excited to partner with NASA" [...] "NASA has been learning and advancing the ability to leverage distributed algorithm and coding skills" [...] etc.

Don't misunderstand me: the idea is great and, if they can detect more asteroids, faster, and with a better precision, we will all be better off in the long term. But I am just tired of these shockingly stupid buzzwords ("excited", "advancing", "leveraging", "coding skills", yadda, yadda, yadda).

And get off my lawn!

about a month and a half ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

Noryungi Re:Finances and technologies (290 comments)

Yup, HammerFS was missing from my original questions. Very relevant.

about a month and a half ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

Noryungi Finances and technologies (290 comments)

OK, tongue-in-cheek question: did you cash in all those bitcoins before Mt Gox imploded?

More seriously: what are your thoughts on the future of ZFS, BHyve, non big-lock SMP, SMP-enabled pf (see NetBSD npf) on OpenBSD?

Related question: what is the future of OpenSSH-based VPN functions?

Even more seriously: in light of the recent Snowden revelations on NSA spying, can you tell us more about the audits realized after a few (past) developers were accused of creating backdoors in OpenBSD for the FBI?

Finally, and this is not a question: all my thanks for a great OS. I use it daily and truly appreciate all the hard work.

about a month and a half ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

Noryungi Re:Why so expensive? (166 comments)

The HAM are already on it, bless their souls:


If they can make it (meaning: at the very least being able to get the carrier), it will be a hack of historic proportions.

about a month and a half ago

NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

Noryungi Re:What a coincidence!? (166 comments)

I believe it is a coincidence, but Randall milked it for all it is worth. Obligatory reference to Hackers and all.

The amazing thing is that he has been able to weave this into a funny cartoon about a real thing.

about a month and a half ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Noryungi Food. (794 comments)

AFAIK, Whole Foods main business is not quack snake oil - it's organic produce. (Or is it? I mean, it's been so long since I entered one of these over-priced supermarket...)

Here is another example: a lot of newspapers have an astrology/horoscope section - or even a religion section - does that make them entirely anti-science? Nope.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

Noryungi Never trusted bitcoin in the first place. (631 comments)

Several reasons:

1) OK, has anyone - preferably someone with solid crypto/math credentials - ever audited the fscking crypto behind Bitcoin? Anyone? Not that I know of.
2) Even if the basic crypto is sound, what about the wallet software? Surprise, surprise, it seems this is how Mt Gox was attacked... And wasn't a TV talking head wallet hacked after he showed the number on the air? Oooops...
3) Any "market" where the majority of the "product" is owned by a very small group of people is not a free market - it's a cartel. And cartels usually are up to no good...

So, no, Bitcoin IMHO is not to be trusted.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Noryungi Re:The slides... (347 comments)

At one point or another, you have to believe someone. Greenwald & Snowden are, to me at least, a lot more credible than anything the NSA and GCHQ may say or do.

Fact: we know Snowden worked for NSA. The NSA has admitted as much.

Fact: we know Snowden has left NSA with a cache of several thousands of classified NSA/GCHQ documents. The NSA has admitted as much.

Fact: we know Snowden has communicated most of these classified documents to Glenn Greenwald and associates. They have both said so many times.

The fact that the presentation is amateurish does not diminish its value or disproves its origins - after all, GCHQ boffins are not required to take PowerPoint courses... or are they? (We won't know either way - don't bother replying to that question).

Reasoning just five minutes shows that the quality of the presentation or the smartness of its content is irrelevant to the information it imparts to us: that we are under surveillance, and subjected to relentless secret "psy-ops". That information alone is chilling.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Noryungi Re:the irony... (347 comments)

This is precisely the reason why WE (Americans/Europeans) have to stand up for what is right.

In Russia, cross the wrong person and you may find yourself in prison for a very long time.

At least, in the US and in the EU, we can still stand up for our rights.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Noryungi Re:Same shit, different media (347 comments)

They may have been doing it for a very long time. That does not mean we have to tolerate it.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Noryungi Re:Well shit - that explains a lot (347 comments)

What part of "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." don't you understand? Here is the source of that quote.

At the very least, freedom of speech seems to apply to /. and other Internet forums. True, NSA has not made a law restricting it, but since Free Speech seems to be protected by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, polluting Internet forums without legal authorizations to do so could open the possibility of a legal recourse for not respecting the Constitutional Rights of U.S. citizens.

Oh, it's GCHQ you say? Fine, the United Kindom (and the United States!) has signed, since 1948, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, in its 19th article: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.". Here is the source of this quote. That seems to cover the British side of things.

As a reminder, it seems that GCHQ and NSA have created fake Slashdot sites to trap European citizens. They have violated the US Constitution and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They can, therefore, be considered as unlawful organisations engaged in unlawful activities.

This does not mean, in any way, shape or form, that other intelligence organizations are not violating basic human rights of free speech and free assembly. We are being spied on and manipulated in a panopticon way, which is designed to silence and stifle dissent and basic human rights.

about 2 months ago

Got Malware? The FBI Wants It

Noryungi Re:Bye slashdot, it was nice knowin ya (93 comments)

kuro5shin is a festering, infected boil on the face of the Internet.

A little bit like the FBI malware program. That OpenBSD CD sure looks good now... Until we learn the Canadian CSEC ( Communications Security Establishment Canada) has also infected it...

And what is the big deal with /. beta? Please note that this not Flame Bait - from my little perch it does not look too bad - simpler modernist design and all that.

about 3 months ago

Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

Noryungi Re:Consider the source (268 comments)

OK, "Ceres Investor Group" may be biased but that does not mean their data is wrong.

As a matter of fact, most of the the time, the studies financed by Big Business are much more biased than the ones financed by environmental groups.

about 3 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

Noryungi In other words... (304 comments)

Hate him or love him: Richard Stallman was right! Read it and weep: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy...

The whole thing was written in 1997, for pete sake - when ebooks where still pretty much prototypes.

about 3 months ago

Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

Noryungi Re:Which shows that people don't understand (846 comments)

It does. End of story.

Oh, you wanted a document? What about doing your own research, you lazy slacker?

(etc.. etc...)

And you are conflaing two things: the aquifer situation is the western United States, which is very preoccupying, to say the least, and global warming, which is definitely not going to improve the situation of said aquifers.

about 3 months ago



32 Raspberry Pi cluster built to support PhD research

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Joshua Kiepert, a PhD student at Boise State University has created a small 32 node Beowulf Cluster, (PDF paper) running Arch Linux to support his PhD research. This allowed him to avoid running his simulation on the official (Xeon-powered) cluster of his university for a cost of slightly less than US$ 2000 — which is the price of a single Xeon machine. While the cluster will never break speed record it allowed him to work on his research for quite a reasonable price."
Link to Original Source

Hanford nuclear waste vitrification plant "too dangerous"

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Scientific American reports, in a chilling story, that the Hanford, Washington, nuclear waste vitrification treatment plant is off to a bad start. Bad planning, multiple sources of radioactive waste, leaking containment pools are just the beginning. It's never a good sign when that type of article includes the word "spontaneous criticality", if you follow my drift..."
Link to Original Source

Unscrambling an Android telephone with FROST

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Researchers at the University of Erlangen demonstrates how to recover an Android phone confidential content, with the help of a freezer and FROST, a specially-crafted Android ROM. Quite an interesting set of pictures, starting with wrapping your Android phone in a freezer bag..."
Link to Original Source

Greg Palast on Piers Morgans and Aaron Swartz

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "While Aaron Swartz was hounded mercilessly for the made-up crime of publishing information, Piers Morgan enjoys his prime-time slot on CNN... While guilty of much more serious crimes than Aaron. A must-read article by investigative journalist Greg Palast."
Link to Original Source

Ancient tsunami devastated Lake Geneva

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Noryungi writes "A fascinating article in Nature, details how a tsunami, provoked by a massive landslide, ravaged the shores of the Lake Geneva, including the city of the same name. Interesting, especially given the much larger population now present on the shores of the same lake."
Link to Original Source

Zombie Apocalypse: this is how it all begins

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 2 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Courtesy of Zero Hedge, ladies and gentlemen, this is the official start of the Zombie Apocalypse... A naked man was shot and killed by an officer of the Miami Police Department after chewing through half the face of another person. Interesting detail: according to some witnesses it took half a dozen shots to kill the attacker. Add to this a somewhat related piece of news about a mysterious (parasiting?) disease transforming african children into zombies and it's time to revise your classics before all hell starts to break loose."
Link to Original Source

Apache Foundation to manage Open Office

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Despite some licensing problems between the LGPL and the Apache License, it seems Oracle has decided to spin off Open Office and donate it to the Apache Software Foundation. While this is probably due to a lack of interest from Oracle, it is nevertheless good news and may even open the door to a merge of Libre Office and Open Office."
Link to Original Source

Google announces the Google Chrome OS

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "It's official: Google is announcing the Google Chrome OS. Fast, secure, targeted at x86 and ARM CPUs and "netbook"-class computers, the Chrome OS will simply be the Chrome browser running on a Linux kernel. It will be designed to get a user on the Internet in a few seconds and will be open-sourced later this year."

Blackberry "spy" software released

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Noryungi writes "Maybe the French were onto something after all. It turns out that there is a software able to spy on Blackberries, and record voice conversations and all messages (emails or SMS text message) that transit through the portable devices. Of course, the software has to be installed by the owner of the Blackberry, but it would not be surprising to find out that someone has found a way to silently auto-install that software on RIM devices."

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Noryungi writes "This amazing, and scary, article talks about the discovery of a zone of the Pacific Ocean — twice the size of Texas — that is dying because of the plastic brought there by the current. Since this particular area is also a high pressure zone, plastic stays trapped and slowly poison all forms of life. The pictures are scary as heck."

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "Theo DeRaadt, the founder of OpenBSD, has made public an email sent to OLPC and Red Hat. In this email, he strongly condemns the willingness of both Red Hat and OLPC, who signed an NDA with Marvell in order to user this company's WiFi chips in the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project. Choice quote: "It is clear that your choices are not about opening up Marvell, but simply commercially expedient and hurtful to our common cause [open source].""

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Noryungi (70322) writes "It seems the alien invasion of the Earth has just started! Giant insects have been spotted roaming the German countryside!! Let the "I, for one, welcome our new giant insectoid overlords!" joke contest begin!"



This. This is soooo true!

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 4 months ago

As a married man, this happens to me much too often:



Some more utilities for the toolbox...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about 10 months ago

From the excellent Daemon Keeper blog:

IPSET (Quickly add numerous IP addresses to NetFilter/Iptables) : http://ipset.netfilter.org/


It is to laugh

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

I love this comment:

vi is a kitchen knife.
vim is a really nice, sharp, balanced chef's knife.
Emacs is a light saber.
Most of the time, my job requires me to chop vegetables. Occasionally, I have to take on an entire army of robots.

(Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/48006/is-it-worth-investing-time-in-learning-to-use-emacs)

I have been a vi/vim user since day one ('OK, Linux is now installed, now how do I edit this .bashrc text file mentioned in the documentation?'). But I have seen some emacs master at work and... Well... Let's just say it's impressive. ;-)

Counterpoint: http://edward.oconnor.cx/2009/07/learn-emacs-in-ten-years


A few links for today...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year ago

OpenBSD admin scripts: https://github.com/TheArchit/openbsd-scripts
OpenBSD upgrade guide : http://www.openbsd.org/faq/upgrade53.html
Docker/LXC administration : http://www.docker.io

That Is All.


Blast from the past...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  1 year,27 days

Wow, that's a really old-looking page:
Don't worry - it is SFW.


Slackware 14RC5, NetBSD 6.0RC2

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Two of my favourite projects just announced good news:


Just sayin'


Current projects...

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

More like internal notes than a real journal entry, I am just basically throwing stuff around and keeping URLs all in one place.


That was project one - on to project two!


Now, dear /., can you guess what I am trying to put together? ;-)


Personal Diet Project

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

All right, there goes nothing...

First of all, I am NOT a diet expert, so take everything I am going to write in this Journal entry with a big grain of salt, OK? Before you start doing something stupid, please consult a doctor, don't try this at home, for internal use only, etc.

I have been overweight for many years now. Too much good food, not enough exercise, not enough energy, etc.

Then it really dawned on me the other day: my goodness, I am HUGE. A quick step on the scale: 114 Kg (approx. 228 lb). Fat percentage off the scale. Sh*t sh*t sh*t. Sure, I am 192 cm (6ft 29inches) but this is still way too much.

No wonder I have all the aches in my legs and knees, and no wonder the missus is complaining about the rolls of fat and the absence of pecs and abs. Something had to be done.

And something I am doing is this, following the advice of my D.O.:

1) No red meat. Repeat: NO RED MEAT. That stuff is 100% fat.
2) No dairy / milk based products. No cheese, no milk, no ice cream.
3) No processed sugar, not even brown sugar. Meaning: NO SODA, no fizzy drink or carbonated - most of these are loaded with sugar.

Anything not on this list is fair game - that means white meat (poultry), fish, veggies and fruits are definitely "targets". Moderate intake of starchy food (rice/pasta) in all their forms (white/brown). Moderate intake of honey (= natural, unprocessed sugar, can be used to sweeten tea, my caffeine intake of choice).

And here are the secret ingredients I am adding to this already potent list:

1) At least 6 hours of sleep per night.
2) Drink at least 1.5 liter of water per day (helps with my back problems as well).

Yes, you read that last one well: DO NOT EAT AT NIGHT. Essentially, everything you eat at night is going to be digested pretty quickly and transformed into fat, fat and more fat. Eating very little (my typical dinner usually is a couple of bananas and an apple at night) allows you to lose weight a lot faster than otherwise. And I do mean mush faster.

Drinking a lot of water (1.5L is a large bottle) helps A LOT with my back problems. Also, not sleeping enough has been proven to make you fatter as a lack of sleep is interpreted by your body as a sign of stress, and stress may require you to have stores of energy to be able to cope - hence, the fat.

Results so far? Pretty good!

Monday, March 12th = 113.6 Kg
Tuesday: 112.3 Kg
Wednesday: 112.8 Kg
Thursday: 112.2 Kg
Friday: 111.6 Kg
Saturday: 112.3 Kg
Sunday: 111 Kg

Yup, 2.6 Kg lost in one week! Yes, there has been ups & downs, and these can be explained by the things I ate the evening before, but the general trend is unmistakable: DOWN.

I think next week is not going to start very well, since I have had way too much food today, especially food of the wrong kind, but this first week is so encouraging I am going to continue. Once I have reached a below-100 Kg weight, I am going to turbo-charge that diet by going out and exercising like heck, going swimming and maybe going all sweaty with these people.

And no, eating very little or even nothing at night is not that challenging, as long as you remember that rest is often more important than food. In fact, sleeping 7 hours or more, I wake a lot clearer-headed and not especially hungry. I just have a nice breakfast, and nice lunch, and as soon as I am back from work, off to bed I go!

I'll keep you posted if future results are as encouraging as this first week. I expect the law of diminishing returns to hit me pretty quickly, which is why exercise is (hopefully soon) going to be an integral part of that diet.


Two links

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Just because I don't know where to put this, and because I haven't written in this journal in ages:
CheckSec - allows you to check the security of your binaries...: http://www.trapkit.de/tools/checksec.html
Mempodipper - just because: http://git.zx2c4.com/CVE-2012-0056/tree/mempodipper.c



Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

OK, if you are wondering about YAFIBAL, here is what it means: "Yet Another Fucking Idiot Blathering About Linux".

Let me put it this way: unless you know how to install and manage at least three versions of Linux, and one BSD, I don't care about your fscking opinion on Linux.

Why? Because I don't care about your fscking opinion if the only thing you know about Linux is Ubuntu, on another fscking brain-dead version of Linux for n00bies and other assorted fanbois. I want some real meat, something tangible, that proves to me that you really know what Linux is all about.

With this in mind, let us go through the valley of the shadow of dumb, with this fantastic article, titled: 24 Things we'd change about Linux. WARNING: your head is going to hurt if you read this mound of tripe - you have been warned.

So, here are the 24 bullet points in that shockingly stupid article, and my answers to pretty much each and everyone of them...

1. Fix sound once and for all

I don't care about sound. Stability and reliability are, to me, a lot more important than listening to MP3 all day long. Sound is totally unimportant on a server, and, I would argue, pretty much un-needed on a workstation as well.

Starting your article with this very point reveals who you really are: a stupid fscking n00b who is only concerned with stupid little details that only appeal to other n00b.

2. No more infighting

Yet another fscking n00b remark. No more infighting? Really?

It's called "being a geek", n00b. Geeks like to fight over seemingly little details, that can be fscking important in real life. Infighting IS important, because if you think you can do better than XYZ, and have the gonads to go and give it a try, you may end up with something better than XYZ!! Ubuntu (yuck) set off to make a better Debian than Debian, and, guess what? As much as I hate Debian and Ubuntu, I have to admit that Ubuntu is a better Debian than Debian. Infighting is good, so get over it and get out of the kitchen if you can't stand the fire!!

3. Guaranteed GUI fallback

NO, I don't want a default GUI fallback - I. WANT. A. COMMAND. LINE!!

The only thing that will always work is a command line. Give me a command line anytime, and I have a working machine. Give a fscked up X11, and all I have is a fscked up machine!!

I have to quote the next one in its entirety, it's just to good to pass:

4. Andrew says...
I know choice is good, but the whole point of a package manager is to simplify things for the user. Lets simplify it even more by standardising on one package format and making Linux apps truly Linux-wide.

NO, you stupid n00b!! I want different package managers to fit different populations! I want something simple for the moron like you, and something advanced for fscking geeks like me!! It's called "giving different people different tools, based on their knowledge"!!!

5. Backwards compatibility dependencies

Oh, boy.

[...] Did you know that there are applications for Windows 95 using pre-release versions of DirectX 1.0 that still run on Windows 7 using DirectX 11? I don't think we need to go that far, but I think it's time to do away with petty dependency problems.

Two points:

  1. Never, ever, EVER compare Linux to Windows if you want some street credibility, n00b.
  2. Yes, you can run some stupid Windows 95 sh*t on top of Windows 7 if you want to - that does not mean I want to do the same, and get all the fscking sh*t that comes with fscking Windows

6. Get Mac compatibility for games

Shut up, fscking n00b - I don't want Mac fscking compatibility for games. I don't want games on my machines - they are for work. When I want games, I boot the Wii or the GameCube, who are real game machines, not my Linux machine. Solitaire or MahJong are good enough for me on Linux, for everything else there is Tetris or Frozen Bubble.

Seriously, though, what it this sh*t? There are plenty of games on Linux, just take the time to review them, you idiot.

7. A single name for the wastebasket

There is a single, standard name for the wastebasket - it's called "rm". Look it up sometimes, you fscking idiot.

8. Easier driver install

It's called "modprobe", you imbecile. Look it up sometimes.

9. Guaranteed sleep/hibernate

It's called "shutdown" or "poweroff", you dumb sh*t. Look it up sometimes.

10. Remove Grub

Agreed! Yes, replace the pile of sh*t that is GRUB by LILO. Much better and simpler. Dumb *ss.

11. Make every task doable from the GUI

OK, let me repeat this for you: I. WANT. A. FSCKING. COMMAND. LINE!!!

GUI are stupid and slow, they don't work most of the time and they are buggy. They usually don't work very well through SSH, and they just plain take way too much CPU!!

If you want to do everything within a fscking GUI, buy a MAC! That's what they are here for: to rid the Linux world of fscking morons like you!!

12. Rolling releases

If someone wants the latest release of Gnome, why should they have to wait six months for a new distro release?

I don't want the latest release of Gnome!! I don't want the latest release of anything!! I want something stable and not completely buggy!! If I need a 'rolling release' of anything, I'll roll it myself and compile the fscking application on my fscking machine! Capice?

13. Restore the desktop in KDE

Or, even better, ditch the fscking bloated monstrosity that is KDE and replace with something like truly useful, like Fluxbox or even... "bash"!!

KDE is a piece of crap. Gnome is a piece of crap. Get over it ASAP and start using something with a bit more intelligence and design sense!

14. Improve the documentation

Oh, boy.

Man pages are great for reference, but the fact that they are there for reference as opposed to reading means they rarely have examples, they group irrelevant options with important ones, and often do little more than scare people away. If someone wants to start a project dedicated to making useful man pages, let me know!

Yes, there is one: it's called OpenBSD. Man pages are references - as far as the examples are concerned, simply try using a couple of commands and you will pretty fscking quickly understand what the sh*t is all about, you idiot!!

15. Replace Gimp


Here is a hint, dumbass: Tweak GIMP to be More Like Photoshop

Whoooo... That was really hard, now, wasn't it? MORON!

16. Replace OpenOffice.org

OK, I am waiting for your code... NOT! Shut up and code, you idiot!!

Oh, but I forget: you probably would not know a compiler if it turned around and bit you in the ass!!

17. Mike says...

The current Unixstyle filesystem layout is an archaic mess. It's silly that, when you install a program, it's exploded into loads of different directories all over your filesystem. Apps should be standalone, like in RISC OS, Mac OS X and many other desktop OSes. Gobo Linux has the right idea.

Your BRAIN is fscking archaic mess, you idiot! Learn how to use Linux (and UNIX) before issuing that kind of stupid declaration!!

18. Graham says...

Simplicity is best. For that reason, I think we should have a single, unified desktop, just like Windows and Mac OS X.

No, no, no NO!!! I want diversity, I want change, I want differences!!! I don't want yet another pre-formatted product marketed to DEATH!!

Again: if you want consistency and "unified interfaces", whatever that means, BUY A MAC!!

19. Less screen clutter

Learn how to use a command line, you idiot!

20. Better organised settings

Aaaaaaargh! I don't give a fscking flying fsck about Gnome, or KDE, that are bloated piles of steaming manure!!!

21. Kill off dotfiles

You poor dumb sh*t. It's the whole difference between "ls" and "ls -a". Look it up sometimes, you moron!

And, the cherry on the cake:

It's time either to switch to a Windows-like registry (with GConf being a good start), or to group them together into a Settings directory that can be maintained easily.

Yes, in other word, you want either Windows or a Mac. Guess what, you little twerp: Buy A Mac! And get the fsck out!

22. Easier closed-source installs

I don't think so. I don't want closed/proprietary software that I can't read the code on my machine. The only exception I was willing to make -- until very recently -- was the closed-source drivers for the fscking piece of wifi sh*t named Broadcom. But that's the only one.

Oh, and by the way, Ubuntu does that, just in case you did not know. Dumb*ss.

23. Standardise use of sudo

What planet are you from? Of course, "sudo" should be the standard... And guess what, idiot? That's already the case, stupid!! Just learn how to use the darned thing already and stop bothering us!!

24. No more open core

Put simply, open core means that the basic part of some software is open source, community-supported and all that good stuff. But an increasing number of businesses are looking to cash in on open source by making closed-source software that sits on top, which you pay for.

Need I say more?

By the holy name of Linus Torvalds and almighty Cthulhu, who publishes this tripe?


Yes, there is such a thing as "too simple"

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So here we are: a new personal UNIX workstation at work. OK, so it's just a simple Pentium IV PC, but I was going to install a free UNIX on it.

At first, I decided on NetBSD 5.0.1. The installation went on without any problem. Booting time was astounding: less than a minute from switch on to login prompt.

But once I started the machine, the disaster became quickly apparent: the VLAN the workstation was attached to was DHCP-only (hey, don't ask me why, I don't do the security policies around here!) - and did not allow outbound FTP. NetBSD is notoriously stingy when it comes to bundling applications with the base system, and so I went on and decided to install stuff quickly using pkgsrc...

Everything failed! No FTP connection to the outside = no installation possible through pkgsrc. It got bad pretty quickly, because you really don't have anything with NetBSD, not even a simple www client such as lynx. And FreeBSD and OpenBSD are pretty much the same: as far as I know, OpenBSD also uses FTP to download packages and I don't think FreeBSD is different in that respect.

Despite my love for everything BSD, I therefore returned (happily, I might add) to one of my first love: Slackware. Three CD downloads later, I am installing one of the most perfect UNIX-like system, one that is complete, powerful, and contains pretty much everything you need to be productive. Gimp included!

Once again: Slackware rocks. And, yes, despite the fact that NetBSD rocks as well, there is a time for "too simple" and a time for "just right".

And, SuSE Linux? You suck. Two DVDs just for a sinking OS? Sheesh.


New Wiki entry: How to create a good password.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

My Super Secret Password Recipe is now online! Click here!.
Discuss in the comments, and let me know what you think!


Crazy idea of the week: Slackware NAS.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Here is the idea: create a derivative of Slackware, dedicated to NAS (Network Attached Storage).
Everything would be Slackware-based, and a server for NAS should be able to be installed within, let's say 30-45 minutes, using XFS for its filesystems.
The server would come with a full toolbox, including some packages not usually found under Slackware.
Eventually, the whole thing would be managed through a web interface. At first, the only interface would be "dialog" boxes, accessed through SSH.
The whole thing is going to go live on my wiki, as soon as I sort out the very last problems with my Slackware 13 x86_64 newest machine...


The most important financial news you will ever read.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago


Courtesy of the ever mind-expanding Zero Hege. Read it.

Then: re-read it. Until you finally understand the magnitude of the economic problems ahead. No, not behind us - directly ahead.


Short version: we are all f*cked up. Royally. Or, as they put it on their site (nice Keynes quote) : "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.".


As seen on ##slackware

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Too good to pass:

09:44 [ Zordrak ] archiebenedict: you are going to have to redefine the word epic to describe the fail you are heading for


Slackware 13-RC2 and other news.

Noryungi Noryungi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Everything is in the title: Slackware 13 is now in RC2 (has been since last week in fact), and will probably be released soon. The Official Slackware Changelog is, as usual, your best source of information.

The interesting information is that ARM and x86-64 are now official ports. Great to see Slackware evolve and become even more awesome!

I hope 13.0 will be out soon, so that I can install it on my eeePC 701 to replace Debian (and forget the mess that was NetBSD 5.0 on this platform).

Some links fellow Slackware fans may find interesting when installing Slackware on an Asus eeePC :

Also, I have added several entries to my wiki, especially in the Solaris section.

I was also able to obtain an account on Freeshell / SDF, which I probably am going to use someday to publish some software I programmed.

That's all for now. More later!

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