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After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

anarcat Re:Screen has aged, and it shows (77 comments)

so maybe it's just google profiling me, but "tmux versus screen" doesn't yield any interesting results.

in fact, it lead me back here.

what *are* the so great things about tmux that should make me give up a ~20 year old habit?

about 5 months ago

GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

anarcat what does it look like? (57 comments)

i see the cool hyperkitty demo at fedora, but what about postorious? what does it look like?

it would be great if the overly confusing interface of mailman would be simplified...

about 5 months ago

Sci-fi Author Charles Stross Cancels Trilogy: the NSA Is Already Doing It

anarcat Re:New direction for his creativity (208 comments)

Actually, that last part (politicians were systematically spied on and investigated) is one of the key plot elements of the novel "The Circle" by Dave Eggers - except everyone is spied on there...

about 9 months ago

Matt Smith Leaves "Doctor Who"

anarcat He blinked. (375 comments)

That's why.

about a year ago

OpenBSD 5.3 Released

anarcat my favorites (109 comments)

My favorite improvements:

* OpenSMTPd - can't have too many solid mail servers out there
* OpenSSH 6.2 - new crypto algorithms and other goodies
* pf improvements - sloppy state tracking for ICMP
* relayd and OpenBGPd improvements

now the question is: how long until those trickle down to sister projects like FreeBSD or Debian/kFreeBSD?

about a year ago

Debian 7.0 ('Wheezy') Release Planned For 1st Weekend in May

anarcat Re:Freeze (226 comments)

one thing with the recent developments in Debian is that once Wheezy is released, we'll start working hard on the next release, Jessie. And while unstable may finally be unstable for a little while after the release (while people upload a bunch of new packages), I have had a lot of success running wheezy while it was in testing in the last two years. I suggest that people interested in the "latest and greatest" install wheezy, then upgrade to jessie (testing) when it stabilises a bit after the release.

That's what I will do anyways. :)

about a year and a half ago

OpenStreetMap Hits One Million Registered Users

anarcat OSM bugs isn't as useful as actual nodes (58 comments)

Contributing to OSM is not hard. It's like a wiki, you register and you can edit everything. Even if your neighborhood is mapped, you can still work on adding amenities like restaurants, parking spots, post boxes and all the stuff a person that doesn't know the neighborhood would find useful. I personally keep business cards of the good restaurants i visit and post them on OSM regularly.

If you use flash, there's a web-builtin editor called Potlach that's really good. If not, you use jOSM that's shipped with all major distributions and which is also very good (my favorite, even if Java</troll>).

about a year and a half ago

IPv6 Deployment Picking Up Speed

anarcat the real game changer: 4G (158 comments)

The game changer here is that US cell phone companies have finally figured out that 4 layers of NAT isn't exactly a great way to manage a growing network, and are switching to IPv6 for their 4G networks. That is millions of customers right there, using IPv6 without even knowing about it.

Pieces are falling into place, it's just a matter of time now. And if you lobby your ISP instead of complaining about it, you may get it native too soon enough.

BTW: for those worried about the switch, let me just mention that both and (common test IPv6 addresses) are reachable in *less* latency and *less* hops than their ipv4 counterparts. IPv6 rocks.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?

anarcat Re:gcstar did the job for me (230 comments)

part of my spec was to be able to access the data offline, as I care about my privacy...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?

anarcat gcstar did the job for me (230 comments)

I did the inventory of my 500+ book collection here and while it took a few days, the upkeep is minimal, and gcstar allows me to also keep track of people I lend the book to. The interface is awful, but it does connect to Amazon and so on to get book details, including cover pictures, if you have an ISBN. If you don't, then it's likely that Amazon doesn't carry it and you'll have to enter the details by hand anyways, but that's still fairly easy.

I do not label the books with stickers, RFID or bar codes of any kind. I simply rely on the book name for reference, and since I have very few duplicate books, this usually works. Duplicates can usually be told apart by printing dates or something similar. The library itself is physically arranged by loosely defined categories - I did *not* bother with Dewey.

I have written a complete article about this that may be useful to you. You may also want to contribute to that wiki page which compares different software offering.

about 2 years ago

Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

anarcat Re:Trust us, we have root (255 comments)

They don't need root access, but in a way, you are giving them the right to run any code on your machine if you accept the updates coming in without review. As we have learned throughout the Microsoft Windows, Apple iTunes and others updates, the upstream can ship software that users sometimes disagree with and while it's not equivalent of giving them "root", it does mean that, once you accept the update, code you don't like will run on your computer.

There are of course alternatives: switching operating systems, refusing updates or removing the malicious software, all three which have been suggested elsewhere in the discussions here.

about 2 years ago

Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

anarcat Re:Trust us, we have root (255 comments)

I beg to differ, and request that you explain what "begging the question" is, since I obviously seem to misunderstand it. On the site which I refer to, they define it as:

You presented a circular argument in which the conclusion was included in the premise.

This logically incoherent argument often arises in situations where people have an assumption that is very ingrained, and therefore taken in their minds as a given. Circular reasoning is bad mostly because it's not very good.

Example: The word of Zorbo the Great is flawless and perfect. We know this because it says so in The Great and Infallible Book of Zorbo's Best and Most Truest Things that are Definitely True and Should Not Ever Be Questioned.

I definitely see a parallel in the above explanation and the reasoning behind the "we have root" argument.

Say the question is: "why should we trust Canonical or Ubuntu to have a peek at our personal search results?" The answer from Shuttleworth seems to be, "because we have root, it means you trust us". In other words, the response to the question of trust is trust, posed as a premise.

Also, the additional argument you are describing, we can summarize as "you can trust us with X because you trust us with X-1", which may be better presented as a slippery slope fallacy.

Then again, you are accusing me of misunderstanding logical fallacies, something at which I cannot respond to other than asking you to clarify how I misunderstand, or explain your accusation as a poorly articulated ad hominem attack, as opposed as demonstrating my argument as wrong.

Thank you for your comment and have a nice day.

about 2 years ago

Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

anarcat Re:Trust us, we have root (255 comments)

I understand that point. The issue I see with it is that it is taken as an argument to justify what I consider to be a privacy issue. Saying "you should trust us with our data" needs a commitment, a show of *ethics* that actually makes us believe and understand they will be careful with it. Instead, we are presented with "well, you should trust us because... you already trust us, because we are root". It's a fallacy, more specifically begging the question.

I could also construe the whole intervention of Shuttleworth as an appeal to authority, but that would be pushing it a little since, as I said, the Benevolent Dictator doesn't even *need* to appeal to a higher authority. He is, in effect, your root and overlord, and is asserting his power without any shame or guilt. Whee. Also, to be fair, he is making a point that they should think about their responsibilities as admins of all those machines, I just happen to disagree with the path they are taking.

about 2 years ago

Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

anarcat Trust us, we have root (255 comments)

Apart from what's already been mentioned here, one bit particularly troubles me:

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already.

I don't equate having root with having people's data, personally. I happen to adhere to a Ethics Code (SAGE's) that *keeps* me from peeking over people's personal data, *especially* for my own interests. Adding a snitch that report back not only the machine's existence (you get that through APT automated updates) but also personal search requests to Canonical headquarters by default does seem like a major privacy breach.

That the dictator of Ubuntu and Canonical brushes his responsibilities aside like this is downright scary if you ask me, especially given the argument is "we have root, we 0wn you already, sorry bud".

about 2 years ago

I found my current job through ...

anarcat Missing option: i made it (239 comments)

I made my own collectively managed workplace with some friends. Works great, you should try it.

about 2 years ago

Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

anarcat you must be new here (504 comments)

Regular person? This is slashdot, there are no "regular persons" here.

more than 2 years ago



Debian 7.0 ("Wheezy") released

anarcat anarcat writes  |  about a year ago

anarcat (306985) writes "After two years since the last Debian release (6.0, nicknamed "squeeze"), the Debian release team finally published Debian 7.0 (nicknamed "Wheezy"). A newly created blog has details on the release, which features multi-arch support (e.g. you can now install packages for both i386 and amd64 on the same install), improvements to multimedia support (no need for third party repositories!) and improved security through hardening flags.

Debian 7.0 also ships with the controversial Gnome 3 release, and the release notes explicitly mention how to revert to the more familiar "Gnome classic" interface. Finally, we can also mention the improved support for virtualization infrastructure with pre-built images available for Amazon EC2, Windows Azure and Google Compute Engine. Debian 7.0 also ships with the OpenStack suite and the Xen Cloud Platform.

More details on the improvements can be found in the release notes and the Debian wiki."


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