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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Pieroxy Re:Situation is a Shambles (239 comments)

I don't get why we have to say "the developer"?

It was Robin Seggelmann that submitted this bit of buggy openssl code. He either works for the NSA or is grossly incompetent...

If competence were a requirement for being a XXX, how many XXX do you think would be out of work?

Please replace XXX by any kind of job title. Cook. Car repair. Teacher. CEO. Anything fits, really.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Pieroxy Re:Mountain out of a molehill (239 comments)

If you learned anything from Stuxnet, you would no that no data is secure whenever it's online. No data at all. Stuxnet had zero-days for all OSes that noone knew about before it was discovered, and not just one of them. Chances are your system is already compromised and nobody even knows about it. And if it is not, it could be at any time. We closed a door with Heartbleed, but there are countless doors still open, just waiting to be discovered.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Pieroxy Re:Mountain out of a molehill (239 comments)

I honestly don't know what you're talking about. There's been a vulnerability disclosed. Fixing it is trivial. Regenerating your keys is (or should be) trivial. End of story.

Yes, this vulnerability is scary, and even more scary thing is that there are probably other vulns that bad in the wild, and most likely plenty of them. But this is over.

When I first saw Stuxnet and the extent of this shit, I lost all confidence in online data, for good. Heck, Stuxnet even infiltrated an offline network. Heartbleed is shit compared to this. The point is that everything that is online can be breached. End of story. We closed one door yesterday, I'm sure there are still 100 others open. So you see? No big deal really.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Pieroxy Re:Thank you for the mess (239 comments)

Ubuntu did provide apt patches for all affected versions, including those not supported anymore (12.10 comes to mind). They did it right. If you had configured your security patches to install automatically, it was even transparent. I don't see a problem there.

about a week ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Pieroxy Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

I'm not saying it's a bad reason, I'm saying the odds of that succeeding in a reasonable timeframe - say in the next 50 years - are just nonexistent. What I'm saying is that there is no way anyone would convince enough people to make this project even examined, hence the project is doomed. The adventures of the last millenium are vastly different - I think you'll give me that, after all they had air to breathe and water to drink - and so the comparison is at best irrelevant. Also, I didn't imply we would need to carry everything there. What I said is that the project would need support from earth for dozens of years (and a lot of them) before the colony could survive on its own. During this timeframe the whole thing could fail at any point and the goal of self-preservation would not be met until then. Those are the reason you will have trouble convincing anyone of doing it.

At last, my example of humans being unable to preserve their own climate is just here to illustrate that if noone (or let's say not enough people) cares about our planet, how are you going to convince them to care about another?

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Pieroxy Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

Huh? Are you on crack? Who in their right mind is going to invest in those things?

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to spend a week on the moon or mars if I could afford it, but I just don't see this happening.

As for a reason, you gave none, not answering the GP at all. And no, self-preservation really is a pitiful reason as no such colony could exist without earth's support. For such a colony to be independent would take decades if not centuries of constantly pumping big money without any kind of return.

We can't even fix our climate, so imagine terraforming Mars !!!

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Pieroxy Re:HDD != Cloud (127 comments)

Of course, they did hire new people. But tell me, how many hardware companies do you know that produces high quality software and/or services?

Well, there is one: Apple. And this is IMO the key to their success. They do both well (whether or not you agree with their policies/strategy is another matter, both their software and their hardware are top-class in their respective fields, and nobody even questions that.)

The rest of them? All hardware manufacturers I can think of makes software that sucks big time (graphics, printers, scanners, all those devices - and their drivers - come to mind)

So is it possible for WD to do a good service online? Of course it is. But in my view, it's extremely unlikely.

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Pieroxy Re:HDD != Cloud (127 comments)

If you want me to restate my previous comment, here it is: The point is, HD manufacturers probably suck at networking.

There. It's down, proving my point at this very moment.

about two weeks ago
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Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Pieroxy HDD != Cloud (127 comments)

Choose your vendor carefully. HDD manufacturers are probably not good at cloud services, just because it's not their core business, nor is it close to their core business. I could've told you that. You want cloud storage? Go DropBox, Amazon, Google. These guys know what they're doing.

Now, don't treat this storage as safe or secure. It's cloud storage. Safe is copied over to at least two different remote locations plus at least two local storage devices. Secure is encrypted and offline. Cloud is neither, but it is convenient.

The key here is to know what you are doing, which isn't always obvious.

about two weeks ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

Pieroxy Re:Can I get one (132 comments)

Of course we are, just a different kind.

about three weeks ago
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Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Pieroxy Re:Personal Audio (126 comments)

They couldn't care less about a legal smack-down as long as they're afloat. The only thing they understand is money. It will stop only with bankruptcy.

about three weeks ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Pieroxy Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

But I don't think anyone would disagree that our modern secular humanistic moralities have been at least shaped in part by the bible and other religious texts.

No, no, not by the bible, only by the "good parts" of the bible, or in other words, by other people that chose those good parts. The Bible has nothing to do with it.

about three weeks ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

Pieroxy Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

When you need people to tell you what's inside a book, it's either that it's too complicated (tech stuff, specialized book, etc) or it's that someone will try to fill your brain with their view of things. Obviously, someone explaining the bible falls in the second category.

It looks as if religion has found a set of explanations to make the big book acceptable and now it's serving that to the world, not the other way around.

about three weeks ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

Pieroxy Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (246 comments)

So all upskirts pictures are legit and we should encourage people to take them?

After all, all those panties are out in public and protected by just a skirt which you can look below... from a public place.

Your vision of what is right and wrong seems to be broken.

about a month ago
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Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

Pieroxy Re:So if you forget to lock your front door (246 comments)

In France we actually got someone behind bars for something very similar with a law that I find pretty smart that says approximately: "If you are somewhere where you *know* you shouldn't be, and you don't get out immediately but you *knowingly* stay there and snoop around, then you're guilty."

I think that's the expression of common sense. It might be just me.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

Pieroxy Re:Does it make Minecraft run faster? (302 comments)

Also, whenever you have a method that has to return a couple of longs, it would also save an object to wrap the result.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

Pieroxy Re:Does it make Minecraft run faster? (302 comments)

It would add convenience, not save space. That said, on a 64bit JVM, passing an int by ref *could* save 32bits.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

Pieroxy Re:Does it make Minecraft run faster? (302 comments)

Objects are passed by reference, in that the callee shares the same instance as the caller, not a clone.

about a month ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

Pieroxy Re: Damnit (302 comments)

But it works

about a month ago

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A Crash Course on Data Centers

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  1 year,19 days

Pieroxy (222434) writes "Everyone is talking about "cloud", AWS and other hosting solutions where basically all the hardware details are hidden from you. But what if you want to manage your own hardware? What should you be aware of when visiting a datacenter? Criteo's engineering blog got an interesting introduction about datacenters, with some pointers on books and articles you should read to get started."
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Opera switches to WebKit

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  about a year ago

Pieroxy writes "Opera Software just released a blog entry stating that they will soon ditch their own rendering engine — Presto — in favor of WebKit going further. Now, for the average web developer that didn't bother testing on Opera (desktop and/or mobile, and/or mini) it will not change anything. For web developers that bothered, well, it will make things simpler. Now, with Opera behind WebKit as well, will it get better or worse?"
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New W3C Proposal could end the CSS Prefix Madness

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  about 2 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "The W3C is proposing a set of new rules for CSS prefixing by Browser vendors. This would greatly mitigate the problem caused today where vendor specific prefixing is seeing its way through production sites. The problem is so bad that some vendors are now tempted to support other browsers prefixing. The article also has a link to an email from Mozilla’s Henri Sivonen that does a nice job of addressing many potential issues and shortcomings of this new proposal."
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Slashdot comment system is broken

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "Whenever one wants to click on a button such as "reply" in a comment, if in the hierarchy of this comment one comment is folded, it will unfold, moving the "reply" button out of sight. This will repeat until all parents are expanded. This has been the case for month now, and nothing seems to be done about it. It is time to promote this story so that it gets in the front page !"
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Best Lightweight CMS

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  about 3 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "I am preparing to develop a website for a couple of friends that are starting up their company. Most of it will be custom stuff that I'll be writing but like any website, there'll be a bunch of more or less static pages explaining stuff, as well as a need to create fragments of HTML to insert here and there. They will be creating this content. As they don't know anything about HTML, I need a simple CMS for them to start working on their content. The problem is that CMS are legion out there, in various states of decay, usability, crappiness. Do you have any first-hand experience that could give me some pointers? I am writing the whole stuff in Java so I guess a Java CMS will be easier to integrate."
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The IE Awareness Initiative

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "After the We Don't Support IE and the IE6 no more, I have setup the IE awareness initiative. It is more intrusive than the existing ones, and tries to actually give some reason to the users. Anyways, I believe having a large range of solutions will be more compelling for sites owners to jump in. We really need to adopt these initiatives and to start broadcasting the message. The amount of time and effort spent in supporting IE6 is becoming insane. So I ask the /. community: is there anything more we can do about this?"
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Is informing users enough to make IE6 disappear?

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "For all of you that have designed a web page with a slightly elaborate design, you are all aware of the pain that it is to make it work on IE vs the other browsers in a consistent way. The fact that are there so many IE6 out there (10% to 20% depending on your website) is a major pain for web developers that care. It is actually holding the web back. The ie6 no more was created a few month ago, and now the IE awareness initiative takes a shot at enlightening users about IE. Will you, slashdot readers, be considerig using one of these initiatives for you home or corporate website? Is there anything more we can do? Is there anyone willing to ban IE anyways? Short of this, is there a way out of this nightmare other than just sitting tight and waiting for IE6 to go away?"
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iPhone Could Be Banned in Europe

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy writes "After numerous reports of iPhones exploding in Europe, the authorities have warned Apple that they could just ban the phone from the European market. While this sounds a little far fetched for a handful of "explosion" reports, the message is clear. What is more pitiful about this whole story is that most if not all of the explosions cases are clearly fakes. How could an iPhone explode enough to break its glass plate, but not enough to actually damage the screen? (Yes, some people claimed an explosion while they still had a functional device)"
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Apple vs Google: Who will control the iPhone?

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy writes "Theiphoneblog carries a nice article on the reason Apple rejected the Google Voice application even though it doesn't violate any terms and services. The article goes in depth over the issue of controlling the hardware (Apple) vs controlling the software (Google & Apple so far) and how Apple doesn't want Google to take over a critical part of its phone. Just like Google is going into the OS business to make sure it gets never cut out, Apple is also building a huge datacenter to — they guess — take over some online cloud computing business of their own and be less dependent on Google for these services."
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Best Storage For Digital Content ?

Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "I am planning a worldwide backpack trip, including some third world countries, and I am of course bringing my digital camera along with me. The trip I plan is going to last for more than a year and I plan on taking several dozens of GB of digital pictures. The question is: Where will I store all those digital pictures? Several options comes to mind, such as a portable HDD (too fragile and heavy), online storage (connection too bad in most countries), bunch of SD cards (expensive...), burning CDs/DVDs (how? and too fragile anyways). Apart from using SD cards and FedEx with someone home that can do a proper backup — which is also expensive, — I can't come up with a good solution... Does anyone in the SlashDot crowd has any idea over this matter?"
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Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pieroxy (222434) writes "I hear way too often the regular rebutal : "Copyright infringement is not stealing, because you don't deprive the copyright owner of his property". And I always wonder if it is really true... After all, everything that the copyright grants its owner is just control over the distribution of the specific piece of art. By downloading illegally the song, you deprive the owner of his property: Control to forbid you to do so. In this light, I am really wondering: Is copyright infringement really not stealing after all? I understand that stealing in the strictest sense of the world apply to material goods, but if you had to transpose it to immaterial goods, would it be just what piracy is? And no, I'm not on the RIAA's side ;-)"
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Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pieroxy writes "Besides technical aspects such as bitrate, capacity and backward compatibility with regular DVD players, the way both technologies are presented in the retail stores is a critical factor of how successful they will be. Projectorcentral.com has a nice article on the subject. From the article:

We have visited over a dozen retail stores in the past month, including big chain stores like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Ultimate Electronics, Sears, and Tweeter. And with rare exceptions, the story is similar from store to store. Blu-ray is being featured as the premium solution, and HD-DVD is being downplayed as the cheaper and lower performance alternative.

Does HD-DVD even stand a chance if the regular salesman spends its time convincing consumers that it is lower resolutions, has lower titles available, is worse than Blu-Ray?"
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Pieroxy Pieroxy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pieroxy writes "Besides technical aspects such as bitrate, capacity and backward compatibility with regular DVD players, the way both technologies are presented in the retail stores is a critical factor of how successful they will be. Projectorcentral.com has a nice article pointing out these facts. From the article:

We have visited over a dozen retail stores in the past month, including big chain stores like Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Ultimate Electronics, Sears, and Tweeter. And with rare exceptions, the story is similar from store to store. Blu-ray is being featured as the premium solution, and HD-DVD is being downplayed as the cheaper and lower performance alternative.

Does HD-DVD even stand a chance if the regular salesman spends its time convincing consumers that it is lower resolutions, has lower titles available, is worse than Blu-Ray?"

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