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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

devman Re:No thanks... (202 comments)

IMO, DANE is the best alternative. It requires trusting DNSSEC, but if combined with key pinning it could be much more effective than the security model in place today.

4 days ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

devman Re:quick question (202 comments)

HTTP STS is supposed to help mitigate Wifi pharming attacks and has already been deployed by a few major sites, the real long term solution for this is DANE though.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

devman Re:don't worry about it (178 comments)

Any reason why a random single-pass 'badblocks' run wouldn't work for this purpose?

about a week ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

devman Re:Why not get rid of states as taxing entities? (257 comments)

The gay marraige issue isn't a States rights issue no matter how much supporters wish it was. The federal government doesn't issue or dissolve marriage licenses it is completely the domain of the States. All the Federal courts have said is that if the states wish to have a legal institution of marriage that it must be compatible with the 14th amendment, and States which do not allow gays to marry do not meet that requirement.

The federal courts are not infringing on states rights, they are protecting individual rights granted by the U.S. Constitution from infringement by the States.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

devman Re:Illegal to distribute a WIP JVM implementation (524 comments)

Android didn't fork Oracle's Java code, they created it from scratch (they borrowed from Harmony which was from scratch, details, details) with the same API. It is a different set of legal issues entirely. If Google had forked OpenJDK instead, they'd be completely in the clear, but Android would have been GPL licensed instead of Apache2 licensed.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

devman Re:Illegal to distribute a WIP JVM implementation (524 comments)

I believe that is only required if you want to call it a "Java" VM. If you want to call it Java it has to pass the tests, which is a reasonable requirement. The JVM code itself is GPL though, and you can use it for whatever you just can't call it Java.

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

devman Re:Rubbish (167 comments)

Easy, the lactose intolerant party takes the 16 cakes, trades 6 of them with cream to the other party for the 6 he has without cream and throws the remaining 5 cakes with cream in the garbage. Even if the other party doesn't trade the picker gets to eat 5 and the divider gets to eat 6, but none of them with cream.

Rigging piles always works to the advantage of the picker not the divider, that's why the system is fair.

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

devman Re:it's not so hard (167 comments)

If the well off person values the better room at more than "fair" price (fair being defined here as what the other roommate valued it at) that means the other roommate gets the other room cheaper than he would have valued it. That's win-win is it not?

about two weeks ago
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New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

devman Re:sibling fairness (167 comments)

If the divider rigs the piles, you just take the pile you know they want and then barter with them afterwards. By dividing it that way the divider loses leverage it actually works out in favor of the picker.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

devman Re:Pros and Cons (70 comments)

Firefox is also disabling SSL 3.0. Also, according to stats cited by Wikipedia, 99.3% of web servers support TLS 1.0

about three weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

devman Re:*nothing* (320 comments)

Driverless cards will have all kinds of sensors and likely have blackboxes as well. If one gets in to an accident data from those senser coudl be used to reconstruct the cause of that accident and assign blame. Insurance companies will love it assuming driverless cars are safer and turn out to be the victim of accidents more than the cause of accidents. Liability can be covered similar to the way it is handled now. Operator indemnifies manufacturer and carries an insurance policy to cover the assumed risk, those premiums will reflect the risk of driverless car being at fault in an accident.

about a month ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

devman Re:Remove It (522 comments)

You can use a journalctl (see the --root or --file options) from a rescue disk or simply lift the logs and move them to another system. I'm not sure why people think that binary logs can only be read by the system that generated them.

about a month ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

devman Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

Its actually one of the big reasons systemd is popular with distros/package maintainers. Unit-files are maintained by the upstream and not customizing initscripts with lots of boilerplate saves package maintainers time. Daemon configuration being declarative has been a long time coming.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

devman Re:Just do it (279 comments)

The EdgeRouter-Lite is definetley a 'prosumer' device and you will have to tinker with it. It is unconfigured out of the box, so you'll have to setup NAT, Firewall, WAN interface, LAN interface and DHCP just to get started really. Fortunately, they have a wizard for a basic SOHO setup now (if you know what your doing you can skip it and setup your network the way you want it). That being said the ERL is an awesome device for what it costs and if you like tinkering with your network (and have a background in Linux, it runs a fork of Vyatta) you'll love it.

about a month and a half ago
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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.

about 2 months 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 2 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

devman Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (403 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 2 months 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 month 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 month ago

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