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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

emil Saying of the Bhudda (304 comments)

One who has fifty loves, has fifty woes. One who has no loves, has no woes.

5 days ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

emil Re:Can I do it on Tomato? (428 comments)

Tomato only has 6M of free memory on my WRT54G - certainly not enough for a python runtime. I doubt everything would fit in the squashfs anyway.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

emil Can I do it on Tomato? (428 comments)

It would be nice if this could get translated down into something that could run out of busybox on a WRT54G. I've got the latest Shibby Tomato with bandwidth limiting, and this would be a nice add-on.

about two weeks ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

emil If Oracle wins, Bell Labs owns the world. (146 comments)

The full source code of the UNIX v6 kernel, as published in the Lions commentary, bore prominent copyright notices from AT&T Bell Labs.

If the system call and C library API interface is thus still owned by Bell Labs, then that covers Oracle Linux, the POSIX standard, commercial UNIX, as well as all the phones (including QNX), routers, UNIX/Linux/BSD servers/workstations, and likely much more.

Oracle had better pray that they lose.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

emil Nobody deserves death threats. (747 comments)

systemd managed to replace init, inetd, and some of cron in what appears to be a stable environment. This allowed systemd to work in docker and drastically improve Linux virtualization to leapfrog Solaris zones.

What systemd did not do was provide reasonable documentation. RedHat's v7 inittab has a website for a blog post that sucks. There is no general intro for users attempting to create crontabs executed by systemd, inetd entries for common services, and runlevels that control groups of processes.

systemd fell down hard on documentation, and the first blush with the unix admin crowd has not been kind.

These developers delivered working code in a radically new environment, but without documentation the architecture appears to discriminate against people who have been doing things the same way for 30 years. The authors, and their software, appeared cliquish and discriminatory. Had the software and the documentation enabled a gradual migration into a more powerful architecture, things would have been quite different.

In any case, this is no justification for people to be vile. The old crowd needs help into the new environment. This help needs to happen, and the insults and threats need to stop. Both sides need to work together to get us where we need to be.

about two weeks ago
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Send Your Own Radiosonde 90,000 Feet Into the Sky (Video)

emil Ion Thruster (48 comments)

Can a balloon get an object high enough that an electrostatic ion thruster can take it out of orbit?

about two weeks ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

emil That came from ksh. (329 comments)

It appears to have been implemented in some ksh versions in 1988. My Bolsky/Korn ksh book says "This feature is not available on all versions of the 11/16/88 version of ksh."

GNU AWK uses the same syntax.

about three weeks ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

emil Linux? Secure? Towelroot? (385 comments)

I am sure that, if you have a talk about Linux security with Samsung/HTC/LG... you will hear some unprintable commentary on Linux security.

To a great extent, it's correct. While a lot of phones have been broken wide open, the same flaw can be used by a hostile app to own your phone (to say nothing of what could be done to a vulnerable enterprise system).

about a month ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

emil systemd is objectionable because: (385 comments)

  • - UNIX admins have been able to ply their trade for the last 40-odd years with a stable set of userland utilities, which systemd consigns to the trash heap.
  • - systemd has removed the old userland (init, inetd) without providing good documentation and examples for doing the old things with the new tools (seriously, the top systemd-inetd example uses ssh, which nobody does - how about ftp or pop3?).

It seems that there are lots of new capabilities with systemd, but it has come to market with lousy documentation. The purveyors are receiving a thorough flogging at the hands of the greybeards, which they richly deserve.

about a month ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

emil If you run a hospital, you are killing people. (198 comments)

Medical mistakes kill nearly 100k people a year in the US, and you think removing ACID from your data store is beneficial? Where do you work - I want to know what to avoid. mistaken fatalities

about a month ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

emil "What's coming out of our high schools." (528 comments)

Recent comments by Alan Greenspan paint a dire picture of primary education in the United States:

"We cannot manage our very complex, highly sophisticated capital structure with what's coming out of our high schools."

"If we're not going to educate our kids, bring in other people who want to become Americans."

Under such dire circumstances and an existential threat, now is not the time for bias.

about 2 months ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

emil If we're poking holes in the accepted dogma... (109 comments)

...then how about this one?

One mystery which has not been solved as of 2009 is the absence of red dwarfs with no metals. (In astronomy, a metal is any element heavier than hydrogen or helium.) The Big Bang model predicts the first generation of stars should have only hydrogen, helium, and trace amounts of lithium. If such stars included red dwarfs, they should still be observable today, but none have yet been identified. The preferred explanation is that without heavy elements only large and not yet observed population III stars can form, and these rapidly burn out, leaving heavy elements which then allow for the formation of red dwarfs. Alternative explanations, such as the idea that zero-metal red dwarfs are dim and could be few in number, are considered much less likely as they seem to conflict with stellar evolution models.

about 2 months ago
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Xiaomi Arrives As Top Smartphone Seller In China

emil Death of a thousand cuts. (82 comments)

MIUI costs less to develop than iOS. Why? MIUI is open and accepts 3rd party contributions, while iOS does not (in the places that count).

How long can a business lose market share with a more expensive product? We should ask Microsoft.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

emil Re: It has 2GB internal memory. (113 comments)

Is Volume-Down--Power the universal Android boot to firmware/bootloader? It has been on everything I've ever used. Can the original poster get to the bootloader or fastboot?

about 3 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

emil Level 3 - start pulling cards (390 comments)

Find locations where you will hurt Verizon customers, and cut the cables. Do so publicly. Precondition repair on upgrades of Verizon's network as you direct. If Verizon doesn't want network neutrality, then punish their customers.

about 3 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

emil GNU shred on the device file. (231 comments)

Although the factory reset option hands the request off to the recovery partition after a reboot, so clockworkmod or the equivalent would be responsible for making this happen.

about 3 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

emil Google is playing a very dangerous game. (231 comments)

If Google is suddenly perceived as untrustworthy, there will be great market pressure for Android without Play, or any other Google products. For Google's balance sheet, I hope they have not been foolish.

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 and a half 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 a year and a half 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  |  about 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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