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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

emil I can't say that I understand systemd... (349 comments)

...but it seems to be a key player in Project Atomic.

This seems to be Red Hat's analog of Solaris "Zones" which let you give root to someone you don't trust in an isolated sandbox on your system. It appears to go further than zones in that you can exchange these sandbox images, with all of their installed software, with other systems. This lets you virtualize without running multiple kernels, yeilding a tremendous savings of memory. The additional assertion is that 3rd party software sales will be of these complete sandbox images, not an RPM/tarfile.

I will have a bit of studying to do for Red Hat 7. These are compelling new features, seemingly well worth the initial bugs.

p.s. just don't pass debug to grub.

2 days ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

emil Dear Red Hat... (641 comments)

...How about you crank out one of those custom patches to add a "systemd-" prefix to all of the systemd-specific kernel parameters, then bundle it into the SRPM?

Warmest regards... an Oracle Linux user.

about three weeks ago

Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

emil Au contrare, mon frere. (240 comments)

The "free software community" had quite a bit to say on gtk vs qt.

The design of KDE was based on a fundamental mistake: use of the Qt library, which at the time was non-free software. Despite the good intentions of the KDE developers, and despite the fact that the code of KDE itself was free software, KDE could never be part of a completely free operating system as long as it needed a non-free program to function.

about a month and a half ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

emil Raspberry Pi-class hardware - BeagleBone Black? (290 comments)

I would like to run OpenBSD on the Raspberry Pi.

I understand, sympathize, and accept your decision to avoid that platform, but what would you recommend as a stable substitute?

The BeagleBone Black seems like the endorsed alternative, although there were stability warnings until recently. The current status reads: "There are generally still a fair number of things to do on each of these boards, however OpenBSD is generally considered to be usuable on them. The platform is now self hosting, however there is no SMP support."

Would you point OpenBSD users interested in this hardware class at the BeagleBone Black? Any other advice? SLC media preference?

TI has announced that it is discontinuing the OMAP line. Will Beagle move to another ARM licensee, and does that matter much for OpenBSD?

about a month and a half ago

The Phone Dragnet That Caught the World's Top Drug Lord

emil Encrypt phone? (62 comments)

I loaded Cyanogenmod 10.2 on my Nook last weekend, and there is now an option to "Encrypt Tablet" - supposedly it takes about a half hour, and it must be done on a full battery while connected to external power.

Will Cyanogenmod 10.2 do the same thing when running on a phone?

about 2 months ago

The Phone Dragnet That Caught the World's Top Drug Lord

emil What surprises me... (62 comments)

...is that these people did not invest in a "Backup & Reset -> Factory data reset -> Reset Phone" shortcut directly on their primary homescreen. You would think that anyone carrying a phone with sensitive data that can be seized would want lots of practice in erasing a phone.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

emil Italian fascists? (293 comments)

Why does slashdot have an article about a WWII-era Italian art movement?

Or was this in reference to the Chicago theater?

If this was an article about "singulitarians," then we need to be more specific.

about 2 months ago

NSA and GCHQ Target "Leaky" Phone Apps To Scoop User Data

emil Cyanogenmod Privacy Guard (144 comments)

Does this feature have any ability to secure a phone?

I take no small pleasure in doing this to Facebook.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

emil Full pardon, and here is why. (822 comments)

Pardoning Snowden for all past crimes and enabling his return would prevent the release of any further damaging documents. If Snowden remains within US jurisdiction, any new leaks of his material can lead prosecutors directly to him.

Once the bleeding has stopped, the NSA and the Justice Department should together explain to the voting population the legal concept of "the fruit of the poison tree" - any intelligence gained by espionage should be inadmissible in court outside of direct, existential threats.

All governments engage in espionage to some extent, and our goal should not be to remove our "poison garden" and blind ourselves, but to ensure that state secrets are not used as a weapon against the populace.

about 3 months ago

Bizarre Star Could Host a Neutron Star In Its Core

emil Neutron & Proton decay (73 comments)

Protons are stable to a period greater than 2.1 * 10^29 years (also listed as 10^36 years in the article). Free protons will/might fall apart after that time.

Free neutrons have a very short period of stability (about 15 minutes). Within dense confinement, one would wager them to be on the order of proton decay.

about 3 months ago

BlackBerry Posts $4.4 Billion Loss, Will Outsource To Foxconn

emil Re:Digg reader updates due to device crashes (141 comments)

It might be possible to get counts from Google, crittercism, or from ACRA. Go ahead and try if you want, but none of those organizations is going to make getting that data easy, since Apple would use that data for marketing. Meanwhile, there was a Facebook update on play this morning that crashed my phone. Sure, Android is rock solid. I'll sing its praises if it will shut you up. I will be drowned out with the curses from everyone else.

about 4 months ago

BlackBerry Posts $4.4 Billion Loss, Will Outsource To Foxconn

emil ACRA (141 comments)

If Android doesn't crash, then why is this developer using ACRA for various exploding devices?

about 4 months ago

Oppo's CyanogenMod Phone Gets Blessed To Run Google Apps

emil Re:Thank you for your work. (47 comments)

Well, thanks for copying, even if I do feel a few neurons short for not realizing the repost.

about 4 months ago



Obama Protects Whistleblowers?

emil emil writes  |  about 9 months 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."


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."

Operation Last Resort-Anonymous takes revenge for Swartz

emil emil writes  |  about a year 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."


Link to Original Source

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.'"

Link to Original Source

emil emil writes  |  more than 7 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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