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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

donaldm Re:pics? (466 comments)

If you look at Manga and Anime today and in the past most female and even male central characters are 14 and under. Also nudity of children (exception are explicit sexual acts) is not frowned upon like it is done in so called moral countries. I guess the UK will have to put most of the population of Japan behind bars :) . In addition China and Korea also produce the equivalent of Manga and Anime so maybe the moral minority will have to act on these countries as well.

By the ambiguity of the law/ruling something as simple as Sailor Moon could be illegal.

Yes it is kind of worrying.

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

donaldm Re:Hope! (519 comments)

You originally wrote "vim /var/log/auth.log.2.gz"

"vim" can open a gzip'ed file but you will only see the "text based" result which is not really human readable. You would be better off using (you basically did say this BTW):

zcat /var/log/auth.log.2.gz" | less (or on some *nix systems "more")

Using a text based editor on any log file is not good practice since it is fairly easy to make a mistake which would effectively compromise that file. Also most vanilla Unix systems don't have "vim" installed although they do have "vi". Nitpicking maybe but basically every thing you said was valid.

5 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

donaldm Re:Hope! (519 comments)

Binary logs are anti-*nix. Rebut that.

No problem, every heard of "wtmp" or " "utmp" which have been in Unix for over 30 years. How about the "sar" logs which also came from Unix (Solaris) but are available on pretty much all Unix/Linux platforms.

You could also look at AIX which maybe a big shock to you since many system administration logs and configuration files are binary. The thing is AIX is Unix but that is IBM's way of doing things. :)

5 days ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

donaldm Re:Not at all accurate (39 comments)

My connection is on a dynamic IP address. The best any of those services can do is tell you what city my ISP's router is in, and one of the three services tested by iplocation.net (the service pointed to by TFA) managed to get it wrong. And, I'm not the least bit impressed by the claim that the author's location was correct withing 5 miles, as that still leaves anybody looking for you with just over 78.5 square miles to search.

To accurately determine a cell phones location you need three or more towers which can be the case in a city. Without GPS being turned on and with three cell towers it is possible to get a location accuracy of a few 10's of meters or if you live in a none metric country approximately a few 10's of yards. A quick search will confirm what I have just said but you could look at this site or you can try one of the 100 million plus hits I got with my search.

As per the above URL the accuracy was 100 m which if you have done basic trigonometry (assuming a circle which is A = pi x r^2) is 7,850 square meters. Actually the area of location would be an ellipse (area = pi x small radius x large radius) not a circle (I used this for simplicity) which would be an even smaller area again. Of course if GPS was turned on then location accuracy would be down to a few meters such that the cell phone being tracked could be accurately located to a small room within a building.

I think the bottom line is to ask the question "Do you trust your applications?" if you don't then don't use a smart phone or if you are really paranoid don't carry a cell phone, make sure you have checked your clothing for bugs and carefully check to make sure no one is following you. :)

5 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

donaldm Re:Read the Report (610 comments)

Sooner or later, a transmission infrastructure upgrade will be cheaper than dealing with the rising fuel prices and external costs. I don't see how this could be possibly a matter of "if" rather than "when".

When considering transmission infrastructure you only have to consider the cost of the transmission lines to the central power substation transformers not the all up transmission infrastructure which has to exist no matter what type of power generation system you are using so that should not be a major factor when considering other types of power generation.

Consider this you have two power resources 1) Coal fired power station to offset the shortfall in wind power located 100 km from the main substations and 2) A wind farm also located some 100 km away what would be the costs associated with the transmission feeds assuming flat ground between both power resources and the main substation? The answer is the costs would most likely be the same although allot depends on where each resource is located and if some of the primary transmission lines can be shared. Basically the all up costs of transmission lines from the power source to the distribution grid feed is only a tiny fraction of the power distribution infrastructure costs.

The problem you have with any solar solution (can equally be applied to other energy resources) is availability, serviceability and long term cost benefits. Out of all the solar energy solutions wind farming scores very highly but not all places on this planet are suitable for wind farming so other forms of solar energy solutions and more conventional methods of power generation are still required.

about two weeks ago
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Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

donaldm Re: This shit is why managers think the cloud work (62 comments)

Sharepoint runs on PDP-11s? VAX? Alpha?

Microsoft Sharepoint first came out in 2001. I think if it ran on NT at the time it could run on an Alpha, but why would any company want to have an run MS Sharepoint on unsupported architecture today? It is not that difficult to transfer the MS Sharepoint infrastructure to current X86 architecture. Of course maintaining a Sharepoint structure or even a Wiki is a totally different thing.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

donaldm Re:Windows 9X (349 comments)

The Kernel is only part of the operating system.

Correct, but without a kernel (we are talking about MS Windows NT here) nothing works so it is the most important part of the OS hence all applications, libraries and services are dependent, although not necessarily directly on the kernel and what version it is.

Basically any program or service should have enough smarts built in to determine if the libraries it is going to use will allow it to run properly and those libraries should be updated to work (if appropriate) with the kernel. Looking for "Windows" anything in a library is IMHO stupid since the only thing a program should care about is the minimum and sometimes in rare cases the maximum version number of those libraries it is going to use. Basically Unix, Linux and even VMS on which MS Windows NT is based uses the above concepts and those OS's don't seem to have any issues.

about three weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

donaldm Re:so that's that (349 comments)

Now can somebody explain "Xbox One?"

Yes, it is supposed to be the "Xbox" that is is going to be the "one" device for all things in your living room. Pity no one told Microsoft that "Xbox one" can be abbreviated to "XBone" and after the numerous 180's the XB1's name should have been changed to XB180 or to keep the revisions correct XB540 which would be more in-line with their current numbering system.

Actually the XBox's numbering system can be better explained in simple maths terms. "X" is normally used to designate an unknown number so "Xbox" would translate to "Unknown Box" so being fair and using the abbreviations that the Playstation uses "XB1" would translate to "Unknown Box version 1" which we know that can't be true since there is already an "Unknown Box" and version 2 should translate to "Unknown Box version 2" or XB360 as it is more popularly known.

No! No! that can't be right. The original "Unknown Box" must be version 0 then the next release must be "Unknown Box version 1" (XB360) therefore the next release should be "Unknown Box version 2" (XB1), This now proves that 0 is greater than 360 (great so far), and 1 is greater then 360 Err!!

All this shows that Microsoft is really bad as simple maths :)

about three weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

donaldm Re:How badly coded are Windows applications? (349 comments)

Mac and Linux take the philosophy that the user's poor experience is not the OS's problem because the bug is not in the OS.

Normally a user's poor experience on any OS is usually a result of them not being able to utilise properly one of the most powerful analogue computers on this planet, their brain. No one here would deny that some software has bugs which should be fixed and in the Unix/Linux environment bugs, when they are found are usually fixed fairly quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

donaldm Re:Windows 9X (349 comments)

The whole article is Bull since MS Windows uses the NT kernel and their so called Windows 10 has an NT 6.4 kernel (see here ). For those that won't read the article the following is a list of NT versions from MS Windows Vista.

NT6.0 - MS Windows Vista, Server 2008
NT6.1 - MS Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, Home Server 2011
NT6.2 - MS Windows 8
NT6.3 - MS Windows 8.1
NT6.4 - MS Windows 10

Sure some of the apps my be different (slightly :)) but the basic kernel is only a minor increment. If the developers find difficulty in writing software that can't determine revision difference then I suggest they go back to school. Basically the whole reason to go to version 10 is IMHO marketing hype of which the Microsoft PR department excels (pun intended).

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

donaldm Re:Issue with FSF statement... (208 comments)

As per your link to bash , if you look at the "COPYING" part under the "bash-3.3" directory you will see the bash they are using is V3.2 and is under the GPLv2. This is not denigrate Apple's use of a GPLv2 product since it is open source, however it is an older version of bash.

If you look at the later releases of bash version 4.2 is actually under the GPLv3 license. The following is from my Fedora 20 distribution.

> rpm -q --queryformat="%{NAME}\t%{LICENSE}\n" bash-4.2.48-2.fc20.x86_64

bash GPLv3+

The above version of bash has been patched and is available as an update as per 2 days ago.

With Windows you are not just out of luck ayoure _shit_ out of luck since the whole thing is closed source, unless you are a major foreign government. They get the rare privilege of doing their own code reviews.

That is assuming that the so called "major foreign government" has the people who can do a code review and they trust the release is the same one they did the code review on. For all but the most paranoid governments this type of thing really belongs in the "too hard basket" so most choose to believe that the closed source company is all "sweetness and light" and would never screw us over. :)

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

donaldm Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

Rename /bin/bash to /bin/bash.bak then create a link from /bin/dash to /bin/bash ..

Why on earth do you want to do that? If you are running a Rehat distribution on a production machine that is a great way to get fired unless you have the appropriate change requests filled out and even then you would have to install dash which adds an extra level of complexity.

On Fedora 20 as per two days ago:

> env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
this is a test

This is with "bash-4.2.48-2.fc20.x86_64" which does not require a reboot, although if you are like me the latest updates did contain a kernel update as well which does require a reboot.

So at least the latest release of Fedora is patched. As is Redhat 4 thorough 7 see here.

about three weeks ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

donaldm Re:Only the beginning (236 comments)

That is fine for Debian / Ubuntu distributions however for RHEL / Red Hat / CentOS / Fedora Linux the Apache error file location is /var/log/httpd/error_log.

For FreeBSD the Apache error log file location is /var/log/httpd-error.log.

It must be noted that the above are the defaults and can be changed.

about a month ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

donaldm Re: Only the beginning (236 comments)

Unless I'm badly mistaken, the default interactive shell isn't relevant in the "Shellshock" case. If an attacker has a login shell already, they need to find a setuid shell script explicitly using bash in order to gain more privileges.

Correct me if I am wrong, who in their right mind would write a suid script that would give a normal user "root" privileges? I can even go back to the early 1980's and writing a script and setting it suid for root was considered very poor system administration practice.

A quick check in Fedora 20 results in a few suid programs (24 to be precise) however they are not scripts.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

donaldm Re:WTF? (184 comments)

Windows got a lock on the desktop because it was next to f***ing impossible not to buy it every time you bought a PC, and the only alternatives were Dos or throwing out all your computers and software to switch to Macs.

Thank you for proving my point, people obviously liked it, for whatever reason, over alternatives like Dos and Mac.

In what way did the original poster prove your point? I suppose the "Microsoft Tax" is fantasy.

It is not a matter whether people liked or disliked Microsoft Windows it is basically all they get when they purchase a new PC. Basically MS Windows IMHO is "good enough" for people who normally don't know there are alternatives and even if they do, most would not know how to install an alternative OS so they put up with the one that came by default. That does not necessarily mean they like it or hate it for that matter since they normally can't or won't compare against other OS's.

As for DOS you have to be kidding. Ok maybe a MAC, but MAC hardware even though it is now Intel architecture is normally more expensive (although not by much) and has a different GUI to a MS Windows GUI, although from what I can gather MAC users actually do prefer their OS over MS Windows although I will admit they are in minority with regard to PC' sales. Smartphones and tablets are a different matter and these areas are were Apple's OS/GUI and Android's Linux OS/GUI) dominate.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

donaldm Re:WTF? (184 comments)

If you could get Microsoft Office and Adobe CS on Linux, I think you'd see a significant increase in adoption just from that

What you have said is very debatable however Microsoft and Adobe would have to port those products to particular Linux distributions although it is possible to run them under "Wine" or even on a virtual machine with a Microsoft OS. For a business were you are told to run the products you mentioned you would normally have no choice but to run them on a Microsoft OS and in most cases all costs are born by the business.

Key "home use" and people either join the "green parrot and peg-leg brigade", purchase the appropriate license or look for alternatives.which run under Microsoft Windows or natively under a Linux distribution. For the amateur through to the professional "LibreOffice" and "The GIMP" are quite viable alternatives. Of course if the business you work at requires those commercial products and is willing to pay for them then fine.

BTW. I am aware that Adobe's Creative Suite is a collection of software of which one is "Photo Shop" which can be reasonably compared to "The GIMP" (Key the flames), however you would have to look around to get pretty close to it's functionality. if you are interested this site can help.

about a month ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

donaldm Re:But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

The problem with biological weapons is that unless you make sure all your so called friends are immunised or leave they are also going to among the casualties. Usually large scale immunisation or exoduses are pretty noticeable especially if that immunisation is for diseases that are really unusual. However terrorists normally don't care for other people other than themselves so if they use biological weapons you can expect casualties on all sides.

about 2 months ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

donaldm Re:When Roaming people turn off cell mode (76 comments)

actually, when you buy in bulk TBs are cheap, and mem prices drop, especially when you have 100 GB/s pipes

Disks may be relatively cheap especially in OEM quantities, however when the requirement is for multi petabytes then you cannot think in terms of a collection of single disks even in a RAID array you have to consider a Storage Area Network and the infrastructure to manage, backup and even do a recovery. When you start adding up the costs this does not come cheap.

Yes governments, especially those in first world countries can build up the necessary infrastructure to capture information and it comes out of tax payers pockets, but you only need one whistle-blower and that government has egg on it's face. Of course some governments don't care and are quite happy to build something like this even if it means their people starve.

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

donaldm Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

If you want a job doing any type of linux work, you better know RPM. Period.

You don't really have to know the ins and outs of "rpm" but a quick "man rpm" will help immediately and of course the web has a huge amount of examples. You can get by with only a few options however like most commands in Linux/Unix there are some more esoteric options that can be very useful on the odd occasion.

Now I suppose we can start discussing the proposed depreciation of "yum" to "dnf" (default in Fedora 22 which is about a year away). Both have man entries although at the moment (Fedora 20) I only use "yum". I have tried "dnf" and it also works.

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

donaldm Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Everyone I know who uses vi uses ":wq" rather than ":x". Don't know why. I'm an emacs user, so I couldn't even tell you what the command is to save and quit; I just move my fingers and feet in a pattern stored in muscle memory, and things get done.

Well I normally use "ZZ" although I can use :wq or even :wq! if I want to overwrite a read-only file if I own it or am root. Of course there is always the good old :q! when you have stuffed the file so much that you really just want to exit without updating and head down to the pub :-)

about 2 months ago

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donaldm donaldm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

donaldm (919619) writes "A few months ago I once said jokingly to some of my colleagues that it won't be long before someone sues Nintendo for patent violation on their Wiimote. Well unfortunately I was right as the following Arstechnica article shows http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061208-8385 .html

My next crystal ball prediction will be a patent case on accelerometers which are used by Nintendo and Sony in their contollers. I really hope I am wrong but with the sad state of patents (rumble anyone) I won't be surprised."
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donaldm donaldm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

donaldm (919619) writes "SecurityFocus columnist Mark D. Rasch, J.D looks at the license agreement for Windows Vista and how its product activation component, which can disable operation of the computer, may be like walking on thin ice. Read the following http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/423?ref=rs s for the details (two pages).

To quote Mark " Does the Microsoft EULA adequately tell you what will happen if you don't activate the product or if you can't establish that it is genuine? Well, not exactly. It does tell you that some parts of the product won't work — but it also ambiguously says that the product itself won't work. Moreover, it allows Microsoft, through fine print in a generally unread and non negotiable agreement, to create an opportunity for economic extortion. "

Now could be a good time to look at alternative OS's."

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