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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

emil Re:North Korea is one step ahead of you. (367 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.


Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

emil North Korea is one step ahead of you. (367 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.


Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

emil Welcome to the Windows Airline (232 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 week ago

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:


...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?"


"God, what is that hair?"

about three weeks ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

emil I forgot... (928 comments)

  1. You need to "export SHELL=/bin/sh" before you start.
  2. The "exit" above should be on a line by itself.

about a month and a half ago

Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

emil rebooting (863 comments)

Processes need to be restarted when libraries and sundry components underneath them are patched.

When you patch openssl, you need to restart Apache, otherwise the running httpd will be using the old, unpatched libcrypto.

When you patch glibc, any processes that you do not restart will not bring the glibc patch into the memory of a running process, and will continue to express any vulnerability that you patched.

Ksplice seems like a really nifty thing, but as patches pile on, more and more of the running userland is out of date. Going for a long uptime means less trust over running processes.

about 1 month ago

FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

emil Binary blobs are a bad thing. (700 comments)

OpenBSD would never have let a vendor do something like this.

about 2 months ago

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.

about 2 months ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

emil Re:Can I do it on Tomato? (429 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 2 months ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

emil Can I do it on Tomato? (429 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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

emil Nobody deserves death threats. (774 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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago



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."


Oracle Linux 32-bit: Unsafe at any speed

emil emil writes  |  about 2 years 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 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."


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.'"

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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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