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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

devman Re:For internal use? (185 comments)

SSL cert vendors should never have your private key, and I've never seen one that needed it. They only sign you public key when you generate a certificate signing request.

4 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

devman Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

NASA officially calls it "Human Space Program", it is in their writing styleguide and has been for awhile.

http://history.nasa.gov/styleg...

Manned Space Program vs. Human Space Program:

All references referring to the space program should be non-gender specific (e.g. human, piloted, un-piloted, robotic). The exception to the rule is when referring to the Manned Spacecraft Center, the predecessor to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, or any other official program name or title that included "manned" (e.g. Associate Administrator for Manned Spaceflight).

about a week ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

devman Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (394 comments)

Initscripts don't break because package maintainers put a lot of effort in to maintaining them for a given distro. Unit-files are much cleaner, can be maintained upstream and shared by many distros. Freeing up package maintainers to work on other things.

This is likely a large reason why all the major distro's bandwagoned on to systemd, and people don't seem to realize how much man power went in to maintaining the init system by packages that use it. No need to do process tracking, pid files, run lock files, restart on crash, proper daemonizing, run level checking, dependency checking in every script which is 80% of the boilerplate in most scripts.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

devman Re: Before you hate systemd (221 comments)

I was using Arch Linux as both server and workstation when the systemd transition hit. I will admit, at first it was rather confusing, but I learned about it and now I can see why Arch switched. Declarative service configuration makes a lot of sense and the unit files that replaced the init.d scripts are easier to understand and tweak (honestly the init.d scripts had about 80% of the same boilerplate in them anyway). It's also easier for package maintainer to take a unit-file from upstream than customize a init script.

I don't think its a matter of taking your choice away, it is more of the package maintainers don't want to maintain init scripts when they can use unit-files. More generally they don't want the added work of maintaining packages for both sysvinit and systemd

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

devman Re:min install (221 comments)

Didn't CentOS 7 finally replace 'net-tools' with 'iproute2'. I wouldn't expect it to have 'ifconfig' as it would be replaced with 'ip', likewise 'netstat' being replaced with 'ss'.

about a week ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

devman Re:more evil things to do elsewhere? (142 comments)

For those who don't get the joke. Larry owns most of the real estate on the the island of Lanai. Lanai also happens to be the name of a popular style of roofed patio that originates from Hawaii.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

devman Re:Only adds complexity (385 comments)

Some of this likely decision making by individual distros. If you do a base install with Arch Linux you'll get systemd and some other userland utils but not much else, and most of systemd-*d services will not be enabled by default which I discovered when my network didn't come up on first boot like I expected.

Personally I'm waiting to see if CentOS 7 will do a 'minimal' install spin like they did with 6.

about two weeks ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

devman Re:Hmmm .... (112 comments)

The guardian pod defends against shoulder launched rockets (MANPADS), they are usually guided by infrared targeting and pods defense mechanism jams this guidance system. The system is mainly designed to protect the plain during take-off and landing when the plane is most vulnerable to easily obtainable shoulder launched missiles. The missile that allegedly shot down MH17 was from a mobile SAM truck and would have been radar guided. A guardian pod would not have saved them.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

devman Re:You mean... (243 comments)

That is how all QoS works. You can only control what you send not what you receive. Often times, however, you can influence what people send you by controlling what you send them. An example would be stalling TCP ACK packets headed upstream for a particular connection will cause that connection to slow down.

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

devman Re:Still no SELinux support (370 comments)

The FAQ is outdated. SELinux support was added in the last release. I run a ZFS system on CentOS 6 with SELinux set to Enforcing and it works fine.

about three weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

devman Re: Unfamiliar (370 comments)

1GB RAM per TB Storage is only needed if you require dedupe. Dedupe is honestly more trouble than its worth anyway and it isn't enabled by default. Without dedupe RAM requirements are closer to a standard fileserver.

about three weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

devman Re:above, below, and at the same level. ZFS is eve (370 comments)

Anything that can be represented as a block device can added to a zpool. This also includes files which is handy when your trying to understand complicated interactions you can mock up a small zpool based on files instead of devices for testing.

On the otherside of the abstraction ZFS can also expose block devices called zvols that will be backed by the zpool. So if you wanted to run a dmcrypted EXT4 filesystem backed by a zpool you can certain do that using a zvol and still get all the benefits of ZFS integrity protection and snapshoting.

Plenty of layering can be done with ZFS.

about three weeks ago
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Northwest Passage Exploration Ship Found

devman Re:Volcanoes (80 comments)

You've got it backwards. The mountain in Antarctica was named after the ship. The ship was named after the god. James Clark Ross discovered the mountains while sailing with the HMS Erebus and Terror.

about three weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

devman Re:IPv6 would make the problem worse (248 comments)

In addition to the other points brought up by other posters. Routing decisions occur only on the first 64 bits of an IPv6 address. There is no need to store the entire address.

about a month and a half ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

devman Re:Betteridge (248 comments)

Also routing only occurs on the first 64-bits of an IPv6 address, the router doesn't need to store the host last 64-bits of an IPv6 address.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

devman Re:Theft (368 comments)

There are legal remedies available if they send a bogus charge to collections. Several of them can be exercised without engaging a lawyer. It usually never gets that far, anytime I've had to call about a billing error it has been fixed over the phone.

The point of my original comment to say that one should not blindly pay bills with auto pay systems, the bill should be examined and errors corrected before sending payment. It doesn't take much effort to verify the bill is correct once a month.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

devman Re:Theft (368 comments)

This is exactly the reason I use electronic bill pay through my bank and don't use the service providers auto pay system. I like to see the bill before I authorize payment.

about a month and a half ago

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