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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

Sesostris III Why not strncpy or strlcpy (136 comments)

According to the second link, the buffer overflow occurs when using a strcpy;

resbuf->h_name = strcpy (hostname, name);

In my (admittedly limited) recent c coding I've used strlcpy rather than strcpy. Is there a good reason not to use this (or strncpy) in place of strcpy?

resbuf->h_name = strlcpy (hostname, name, sizeof(hostname));

(OK, you may get an error due to a truncated copy, but isn't that is easier to spot and deal with than a potential buffer overflow?)

4 hours ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

Sesostris III Re:how old? Parents European or French? (174 comments)

I'm a European, British, English citizen of the UK and European Union (if that makes sense). I'm rare in that I'm one of the few people in the UK who also feels European. As to age, let's say I remember the last European referendum we had in 1975 (although too young to vote).

I did think about saying 'British' rather than 'European'. (I only use "English" internally to the UK, to distinguish myself from, say, being Scottish or Welsh. It makes me cringe when people use "England" when they mean "Britain" or "The United Kingdom"). It says both "European Union" and "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" on my passport.

I don't think I got any of this from my parents!

about two weeks ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

Sesostris III Re:you think only black people buy crack on MLK? (174 comments)

I had to look up MLK Blvd on Google (I'm European). My inner visual image I got when first reading the scenario in your original post had both crack dealer and hooker being white! I hope that's not being racist.

about two weeks ago
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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

Sesostris III Re:Academic wankery at its finest (154 comments)

Nobody speaks it.

I don't know. I think it still gets used on an ad hoc basis.

about two weeks ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Sesostris III Re:To curb terrorism (219 comments)

The big trouble here, is that a disturbingly large number of Muslims hold opinions that are complete anathema to open and free Western societies.

Then again, this is matched by the disturbingly large number of non-Muslims who make unfounded generalised comments about Muslims!

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

Sesostris III Re:Can someone explain what the huge debate is? (551 comments)

I get the sense that the systemd developers haven't had much experience of using Linux (or anything) in a production environment. That's fair enough, it's not their speciality. However, it should be incumbent upon them to accept feedback from those who do have that experience, and adjust systemd accordingly. I get the impression that is not happening.

In other words they've guessed the Use Cases, not captured them.

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

Sesostris III Re:Compare to RMS, what are you? (551 comments)

I think one of the biggest missed opportunities for Linux was not coming up with a suitable replacement for XP.

Those on XP (and still on XP) just want (and had) something that 'worked'. A suitable Linux distro, that 'looked' and 'felt' like XP, and was as stable as XP (SP3), but could run the latest 'application' software like XP (browser, email client, office package) could've gained traction. Something rock-solid, stable and safe. Unfortunately not to be.

(And I don't know why you were labelled 'flamebait' either.)

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

Sesostris III Re:calling bullshit. (551 comments)

journalctl | grep foo

Now that was hard wasn't it?

Just curious, but what if you want to look at the log in Windows? (you may have a dual-boot system with Windows, for instance). How do you do this? What Windows application do you use?

For text logs, no problems. (I would use Notepad++).

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

Sesostris III Re:A few answers from the original AC (402 comments)

As it happens I do run PostgreSQL (albeit just to play with). The data files I can't read in a text editor. However the log file I can!

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

Sesostris III Re:A few answers from the original AC (402 comments)

Text files might take too long to read (and that's a value judgement), but even if true, that's better than not being able to read them at all.

So what software is available for reading systemd binary journal files on Windows? Saying "write your own" is a cop-out.

Plenty of applications for reading text files though. Notepad++ is my favourite. (I've even got it running in Linus using Wine!)

For systemd to truly replace existing init systems, it needs stand-alone journal-readers for other (non-systemd) systems. Ideally, the systemd people should write these - they're the ones forcing through the binary logs.

about two weeks ago
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65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment

Sesostris III Bad Luck Prevention Pill (180 comments)

This is good news. Now we know the underlying cause for 65% of cancers, Big Pharma can start the necessary research on creating a drug to prevent Bad Luck.

I'm sure any viable drug would be a best seller (for those lucky enough to be able to afford it).

about three weeks ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Sesostris III Re:Second hand view from a teacher (351 comments)

Remembering back to the dim and distant past, yes us boys read the Hobbit (and the Lord of the Rings itself) when that age. Also, as I remember, reading interest was kept alive by the works of such authors as Sven Hassel and Ian Fleming. Just about readable with just enough sex and violence to keep us interested!

Of course, we got to know of these latter authors from older boys, not from teachers!

about a month ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Sesostris III Re:Nukes Now (401 comments)

Not sure why this is being modded 'Funny'. Quite a few 'environmentalists' are starting to revisit Nuclear Power, e.g. George Monbiot (A regular columnist in the Guardian newspaper).

Personally, I can't help thinking that technology may have advanced since we last built nuclear reactors. Certainly I think any IT would be more advanced - just don't connect to the internet!

about a month and a half ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Sesostris III Re:We are doomed... (401 comments)

I agree. There is no-one thinking 50 to 100, or even 200 years ahead. Short term is the order of the day. It will be the future generations that suffer.

I don't have children, but if I did I would be intensely concerned with the environment I would be leaving them - and their children in turn. Yet as far as I can tell, those I know who do have children seem unconcerned. It is the immediate future that interests them ("new shiny") rather than the long term.

It didn't used to be like this. The old European cathedrals were planned and built over decades, if not centuries (Cathedral Building in the Middle Ages).

In 50 to 100 years time when fossil fuel resources start to run out, our children's children will have to do what we should be doing now, and develop renewable resources. They will have to do so with a (most likely) more hostile environment (due to climate change) and without the reserves of fossil fuel to help kick-start the change.

Maybe using all these fossil fuels won't cause catastrophic climate change, and the naysayers are wrong. However, it seems to me to be a gamble, the stakes of which are the future lives of our children and their children. Unfortunately it seems to be a gamble many are willing to make.

I would rather we didn't make this gamble. I would rather we "bite the bullet" now. Take the hit, make sacrifices to our lifestyle and go hell-bent for long-term sustainable renewables. For the sake of our children (and their children).

We won't, which I find heartbreakingly sad. The only consolation I have - and it is an empty consolation at that - is that my descendants won't be affected, as I don't have any children.

about a month and a half ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

Sesostris III No Linux Version (135 comments)

I get prompted to download this regularly by my bank. However I use Linux, and they don't produce a Linux version. No idea if they plan to do so either.

Strangely, I'm not that concerned. I would download and use if I used Windows though, even with the new EULA.

about a month and a half ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Sesostris III Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Reading the blog, he would not have been fired for using the gendered pronoun, but for refusing to accept it being changed.

It's important. If you don't think it is, try looking for any gendered pronoun in (say) the Eclipe Documentation (Think IBM) or in the Java Tutorial (think Oracle).

And no, I haven't looked at it in depth, but I trust both IBM and Oracle to use gender neutral pronouns (except for the rare cases when they want to specify the gender of a person, as in "Alice" or "Bob"). What is good enough for IBM and Oracle (and every other corporation out there) is good enough for Joyent.

about 2 months ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

Sesostris III Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Sorry, can't share your outrage. Using gender-neutral pronouns for documentation seems reasonable to me, especially if viewable by the public, and if that documentation is linked to your company. To refuse to correct gendered pronouns just seems perverse.

about 2 months ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Sesostris III Re:Price not yet announced (438 comments)

From the first review I stumbled upon;

Cons:
- Samsung recommends turning off indexing for reliability. Doing so means that you can no longer search for files from the "Search programs or files"

Eh?

about 2 months ago

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UK organisation set up to encourage IPv6 adoption, closes

Sesostris III Sesostris III writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sesostris III (730910) writes "In April 2010, with £20,000 of government money, 6uk was set up to encourage the adoption of the IPv6 protocol in the UK. In December 2012 the board resigned en-masse in protest at official indifference to its work.

"The biggest organisation we needed to join 6UK was the government" the former director, Philip Sheldrake, is quoted as saying. Without government support "There's no material incentive for any organisation to go for IPv6". Government interest can be gauged by the fact that no government website currently sat on an IPv6 address.

The UK is among the nations that have done the least to move to IPv6, and lags behind other nations in adopting the new protocol. In contrast, governments like that in the US are encouraging adoption of the new protocol by mandating IPv6 compliance in contracts."

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