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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

TheSunborn Re:Uh, okay? (261 comments)

No no, that is a misunderstanding. This year is the year of a linux desktop. Not The linux desktop.

5 hours ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

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

How do the daemons refuse to play well with others? Do you have any examples on this?

As far as I see, nothing prevent me from replacing any specific daemon with my own implementation. With the possible exception of systemd/journald/udev

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

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

Can you mention any single project which only does one thing?

Let me look at some examples:

Bash:
Both an interactive user interface, and a scripting environment. And while the different programs running in bash often do communicate together, they do this using undocumented apis in the form of text output which is the worst way of module communication.

It also confuses matters because the user-readable output from running a command in an interactive bash shell is part of that apps api. Just think about all the problems this causes for api updates, and translation of output to other languages.

Apache:
Is composed of a server, and lot's of modules, but none of the modules can be used outside of Apache. This looks to me like what systemd does, but nobody ever complained about this.

gcc:
    Don't even get me started. Its a compiler collection of parts which depend on each other.

The linux kernel:
Refuses to maintain a stable api, so unless your module is part of the kernel itself, it will break at every linux release. Not modular at all.

Gimp:
None of the tools/effects which gimp uses are independent modules.

Conclusion:
There were never a modern desktop/server linux distribution using what is refered as the "unix way"

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

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

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"If, for example you want to run the systemd project's time server, you must run systemd and so journald and dbus"

Really? Could I not just write my own daemon instead of systemd and thus avoid this dependency? The systemd api seems to be stable so it should be possible.

As I see it, the systemd project's time server need functions which are currently only implemented by systemd, but is there any reason an other project could not implement the methods needed by the systemd projects' time server?

about two weeks ago
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Andy Wolber Explores Online Word Processors' ODF Support

TheSunborn Re:Crazy (70 comments)

Primary implicit shared edit by multiple people, and access from any computer without having to install any software.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

TheSunborn Re:i5? Call me when they have the i7 (97 comments)

True, but make -j8 is also faster then make -j4 on a i5 because make is not 100% cpu bound.

But It would be very interesting to compare make -j8 on a i5 and i7 with the same frequency, to see how much ht helps.

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

TheSunborn Re:Encapsulation (303 comments)

What the oop languages did, was to add explicit language support for all the features and idioms which software developers did anyway.

This make development and maintenance much more easy.
 

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

TheSunborn Re:Entitlement (325 comments)

Sorry, but I take deleting most media on my test iPhone, over having to install both Windows and iTunes(ARG!) on my computer.

about a month ago
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Apple Pay For the UK

TheSunborn Re:if not collecting the data (75 comments)

Is it a standard us thing, that a merchant get access to any card data when the customer pays with a credit card in a physical shop?

Here in Denmark, a normal merchant newer has access to your card data even if you pay with a credit card.

The data is sent directly from the credit card terminal(The hardware which read the card and card code) to dibs/nets(The payment gateway for credit cards) which then reserve the money and sends a message back to the terminal about the status of the transaction. This transaction status is then send to the merchants cash register to together with the last 4 digits of the credit card number.

about a month ago
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Docker Image Insecurity

TheSunborn Re:Summary is scaremongering (73 comments)

"Read the article, summary makes it sound as if Docker doesn't verify the checksums and it does. What his complaint is, that it verifies the checksum AFTER decompress, de-tar'ing from a HTTPS source, and only does a cursory check on the TAR file."

Are you sure about that? From the description from the docker guy, it sounds like they don't verify it at all.

about a month ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

TheSunborn Re:Does Denmark... (191 comments)

No, Denmark is going to let Greenland be independent as soon as they want to. The sooner the better.

But Greenland can't afford that right now.

75% of the income for Greenland, is direct economic support from Denmark. Think about that: They would lose 75% of their income without Denmark, which is the only reason they are not independent yet.

about a month and a half ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

TheSunborn Re:Santa's gonna be PISSED (191 comments)

Sorry about that. But I am not sure about the oil.

The official danish position is that there is no oil at all in the newly claimed area. (Yes that is a direct quote from our foreign minister).

(Now with logged in user).

about a month and a half ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

TheSunborn Re:Both sides equally (albeit differently) at faul (189 comments)

Except that Apple had no way to intimidated GT. GT did not have any need for Apple, and they could simply have walked away from Apple, and continued their business as before.

about 2 months ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

TheSunborn Re:Then don't sign the contract (189 comments)

I newer understood the "not installing a backup power supply for each furnace" situation.

Who owned and was responsible for the factory? The story has always been that GT produced Sapphire, and that apple maybe wanted to buy it.

So why did GT let apple control anything at all, about their factories?

From the article " after five months Apple demanded a major change in terms, requiring GT to supply the sapphire itself. In fact, Apple wanted GT to build the world’s largest factory to produce the stuff"

So If Apple wanted GT to supply the sapphire, why did they have any say in the day to day running of the factories. Sounds like GT gave far to much factory control to Apple for no reason at all.

about 2 months ago
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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

TheSunborn That is not what the halting problem say (335 comments)

Sorry, but that is not what the halting problem say.

The halting problems state that "For any interesting property(In this example: "Is this robot code safe to run") there exists programs with this property, but where you can not prove that the program has the property.

That is: There exists robot programs which are safe to run, but where we can newer prove that they are safe.

And the general solution is to only run programs where we can prove that they are safe. This mean that we do reject safe programs because we can't prove that they are safe*, but it does not in any way change the programs which we can express. That is: For any program which is safe, but where safety cant' be proved, there exists a program which behave in exactly the same way for all input, but which is safe.**

*If we can't prove that a program is safe, then it is either because no such prof exists, or it is because we are not good enough to prove it.

**No this does not contradict the halting problem, due to the assumption that the program is safe. If the program is not safe, then the transformation will convert the program to a safe program which obviously will not do the same

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

TheSunborn Re:Alternatives? Same problem.. (572 comments)

Sorry, you are wrong here. The chips with pid0 works fine with Linux, so there is no reason, the vendor could not make a working Windows driver.
 

about 3 months ago

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Oracle Ordered to Keep Making Itanium Software for HP

TheSunborn TheSunborn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheSunborn writes "A California judge of Wednesday ruled in favor of Hewlett-Packard's claim that Oracle is contractually obligated to develop software for HP's Itanium server products. The requirement covers all "Oracle software products that were offered on HP's Itanium-based servers at the time Oracle signed the Sept. 20, 2010 Settlement and Release Agreement, including any new releases, versions or updates of those products," Kleinberg wrote in his opinion."
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