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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

emil nss, gnutls, libreopenssl - rundown? (96 comments)

Can someone provide a rundown on the advantages and drawbacks of these libraries, with a particular focus on network-facing applications?

2 days ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

emil Please remember... (551 comments)

...that, while this part of the conversation might not have been the strongest part of the interview, systemd has won an amazing number of technical battles.

FWIW IMHO, absolutely no, a unified development approach is not the main benefit of systemd. The new functionality is absolutely worth the transition pain. Not only can you control (kill) whole classes of processes more simply than ever, but you also get lightweight containers as a door prize.

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

emil Patches for BSDs to run systemd unit files. (551 comments)

OpenBSD is trying to move from rc.conf.local and inittab into per-daemon startup/shutdown init.d scripts.

It's a shame that someone didn't swoop in with bare-bones unit file functionality (no cgroups, obviously). At least, with a unit file, PID 1 can launch a non-root process, which is hard with SysVinit (I do wonder if I've written my shim correctly).

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

emil Will Cyanogenmod 11 M13 have this patch? (629 comments)

There will be one final CM11 milestone release before they switch to CM12. How do we confirm the final will have this patch?

about two weeks ago
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10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

emil Re:Why are we still fighting with this? (105 comments)

This was known, and should have been exploited:

Although subjecting the cells to high heat could return memory, the process was problematic; the entire memory chip would need heating for hours at around 250 C.

The rover is equipped with heaters. There is some possibility that simply placing the flash closer could have extended the life of the memory.

about a month ago
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10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

emil Heat duration and intensity (105 comments)

The article you link to is dated 2012 - the MER rovers launched in 2003. You do the math.

No, the article says that you either need low-intensity, long duration heat (which has apparently long been known), or high-intensity, short-duration:

Although subjecting the cells to high heat could return memory, the process was problematic; the entire memory chip would need heating for hours at around 250 C.

We are still buying flash that we can't fix because of the packaging. We're still shipping this unfixable flash in mission-critical applications. When does it get fixed?

about a month ago
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10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

emil Why are we still fighting with this? (105 comments)

If it was long-known that long-duration, low-intensity heat would revive failed flash, why did these rovers leave without the ability to do so?

And why am I not able now to buy flash memory that will heat itself to 800 degrees and heal itself?

And why isn't flash memory sold in ceramic housings that can stand me baking them in an oven for a few days to fix failed flash manually?

I'd like to buy hardware that works, or that can be repaired. That's not flash.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

emil guilt is good for the soul (176 comments)

What better to prepare you for the greatness to come that we do not deserve? What else is there to describe our present live, or for the promise of the singularity?

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

emil I invite (176 comments)

Seth Rogan and James Franco to travel to north Korea, on my dime, to North Korea, and see the people there. Perhaps some good can come of truth, for nothing comes from lies.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

emil Dear North Korea (176 comments)

We would be happy to welcome you to the commerce of industrialized nations. If you would forgive us our wrongs, we would show you forebereance, and greatly engage you in the modern age. Your lack is starkly obvious, and we miss you greatly.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

emil Switch the roles (176 comments)

If Sony made a movie with Hirohito (or Kim) lynching Obama, the condemnation would have been fast and fierce. Would Franco and Rogan have been justifiable playing happy executioners on the Trail of Tears? Turn the shoe inside out and see how it fits.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

emil Comfort Women Documentary (176 comments)

Sony, how about if you run documentaries on Korean Comfort Women at the same theaters?

While you are at it, you can make it a festival and run a few films on the Rape of Nanking.

It should have been blindingly obvious that a Japanese corporation should not have produced a film on the violent mutilation of a Korean leader. What were you thinking?

about a month ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

emil Re:North Korea is one step ahead of you. (388 comments)

I'm not saying that I admire or approve of North Korea's internal affairs in any way, but it would hardly displease me if they turned their sights on MGM, Universal, or (dare we hope) Disney.

North Korea has never sold rootkit-equipped CDs in the US, and they have never lobbied congress to remove the right of free speech, unlike Sony.

about a month ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

emil North Korea is one step ahead of you. (388 comments)

And they have a better track record of enforcing the people's will than the supreme court at the moment when it comes to Sony.

about a month ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

emil Welcome to the Windows Airline (233 comments)

I'm dating myself, but...

Windows [3.1] Airline ~ The airport terminal is nice and brashly colorful with friendly stewards, easy access to the plane, an uneventful takeoff ... then the plane blows up without any warning whatsoever.

Fly NT ~ Everyone marches out onto the runway, says the password in unison, and forms the outline of an airplane. Then they all sit down and make a whooshing sound like they're flying.

Windows Airline 95 ~ Windows Airline customers are bused to a new terminal at the far end of the airport. The plane shows up late, but everyone can watch a commercial while they wait where a sales man tells them that Windows Airline 95 is "just as good as a Mac Airways." When it arrives, most of the luggage has to be left behind, because it doesn't fit in the cargo bays. The pilot walks down the aisle, collecting an additional fee to buy fuel for the jet. Many of the passengers give up and walk back to the Windows Airline window.

DOS Airlines ~ Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again, then push again, jump on again, and so on.

Mac Airways ~ All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look the same, act the same, and talk the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are told you don't need to know, and everything will be done for you without you having to know, so just shut up

Air OS/2 ~ To board the plane, you have your ticket stamped ten different times by standing in ten different lines. Then you fill out a form showing where you want to sit and whether the plane should look and feel like an ocean liner, a passenger train, or a bus. If you succeed in getting on board the plane and the plane succeeds in getting off the ground, you have a wonderful trip ... except for the times when the rudder and flaps get frozen in position, in which case you have time to say your prayers and get in crash position.

Unix Airline ~ Everyone brings one piece of the plane with them when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing constantly about what kind of plane they're building.

Mach Express ~ There is no airplane. The passengers gather and shout for an airplane, then wait and wait and wait and wait. A bunch of people come, each carrying one piece of the plane with them. These people all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing about which pieces really belong together. The plane finally takes off, leaving the passengers on the ground waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting. After the plane lands, the pilot telephones the passengers at the departing airport to inform that they have arrived.

Amiga Air ~ A small private airline with lots of in-flight movies, snacks, and other luxuries to keep the passengers happy. Unfortunately, after takeoff, the plane has nowhere to go and keeps flying in circles until it runs out of fuel and crashes. The few surviving passengers, unable to comprehend the magnitude of the disaster, ardently vow to keep flying the same plane once it's put back together.

about a month and a half ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

emil Dear Carly, no man will EVER vote for you. (433 comments)

This wasn't used against you in your senate run (which certainly lacked any semblance of tact), but I GUARANTEE you that your past will resurface when you did things like this:

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1005572/how-mike-capellas-castrated-carly

...Carly did not tell Capellas that the sad love affair between Heloise and Abelard ended up with the man in the affair being castrated... when Capellas found out he shuddered and said: "I'm glad I didn't know".

And this, as well as the "bad hair?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/09/carly-fiorina-open-mic-vi_n_606723.html

"God, what is that hair?"

about 2 months ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

emil inittab weaknesses (581 comments)

Porting an HP-UX ServiceGuard system, I collapsed 40-odd services into runlevel 3 and 4. These became aliased essentially to ON and OFF for my operations people. This worked, but I would have appreciated granular control.

Inittab has a "respawn" function that lets init watch for your program and restart it when it dies - IF you don't daemonize. You also don't get the ability to launch as a non-root user (had to write a shim for that) or establish environment variables (had to script a shim for that).

I also wrote an /etc/init.d script to start any oracle instance mentioned in /etc/oratab with hard links to the script. systemd is not QUITE as flexible there, requiring me to maintain a separate service instance files for each ORACLE_HOME.

So yes, on the whole, I would have jumped all over systemd 5 years ago. As it is, I am even now looking forward to trashing all the glue I wrote.

That said, systemd needs a BSD-licensed multi-call binary like busybox.

p.s. Parent, it's PID 1, not zero. :)

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

emil Android (525 comments)

It's hard to give him the benefit of the doubt when he strangled Nokia's Android handsets.

That was simply a bad business decision.

Google's control of Android is very loose, and it would be quite easy to fork it, as Amazon, BN, and even Nokia already demonstrated.

If Microsoft supported Android, and integrated it into Active Directory as a first-class mobile platform, it would immediately become the standard handset for corporate America.

Not doing so seems a standard case of NIH hubris.

about 2 months ago
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Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

emil cyanogenmod privacy guard (82 comments)

These are the settings that you are looking for.

Just buy a phone with this installed.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

emil More stuff I forgot. (928 comments)

  • You can check for static linkage with "file busybox" - it should say: busybox: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), statically linked, stripped
  • After you login as root above, you can "halt" to shut down the container and get back to the normal system.

about 3 months ago

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Obama Protects Whistleblowers?

emil emil writes  |  about a year ago

emil (695) writes "It appears that Obama's webmasters have been busy removing his platform documents and campaign promises. The following text has been deleted:

Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.

He promises not to kill them anyway."

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Oracle Linux 32-bit: Unsafe at any speed

emil emil writes  |  about a year ago

emil (695) writes "Oracle Linux presents a compelling OS: performance-focused, timely, easily dis/enabled support, free/cheaper than RedHat. Central is the UEK, a hot-rod kernel used by Oracle for benchmarking, installed as GRUB's default. But Oracle does not mention the COMPLETE LACK OF SUPPORT for the 32-bit version — so when the 32-bit UEK has left a smoking hole in your filesystem beyond all hope of fsck, support's response will be "too bad, thanks for playing!"
Bottom line: install at your own risk, and purge the 32-bit UEK for stability."
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Operation Last Resort-Anonymous takes revenge for Swartz

emil emil writes  |  about 2 years ago

emil writes "Late evening Friday, January 25, U.S. Sentencing Commission website (http://www.ussc.gov) was hacked and encryped government files distributed by Anonymous, which threatens to release decryption passwords should the government not comply with demands for legal reforms. Anonymous cited the recent suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz as a "line that has been crossed" in the retaliatory defacement. Anonymous has not specified exactly what files they have obtained. The various files were named after Supreme Court judges. At a regular interval commencing today, Anonymous will choose one media outlet and supply them with heavily redacted partial contents. Anonymous called the launch of it new campaign a "warhead."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WaPni5O2YyI#!"

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Climategate Whitewash?

emil emil writes  |  more than 3 years ago

emil (695) writes "There appears to be some rumor or preliminary indication that the researchers behind Climategate have not been entirely vindicated, based on an interview with PSU's Eugene Wahl:

'The key point is that the Penn State investigators never interviewed a principal who was able to confirm or deny a key charge against “Hockey Stick” lead author of “Hide the Decline” infamy Michael Mann. This individual has now been interviewed, and what he told federal investigators has indicted Mann and Penn State.

The inspector general’s report specifically reveals Penn State’s wagon-circlers to have been at best comically negligent/inept in allowing Mann to not answer the damning charge they were tasked with examining: did he delete or ask others to delete records? At worst, they were complicit in the cover-up.'"

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emil emil writes  |  more than 8 years ago

emil (695) writes "Theo de Raadt has leveled harsh criticism at Red Hat for supporting closed hardware & drivers on the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project. Red Hat, not content with the negative publicity of their continued used of SSH without contributing one dime of support to OpenBSD, has now made a dark deal with Marvel Technology to ship an ugly, obfuscated driver. Let's hear it for Red Hat."

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