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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

fisted Re:Grinch is not a flaw - has no CVE!!! (116 comments)

Ohh, so the wheel group does have a purpose in GNU after all. Who knew?
Enjoy the following excerpt right from info su on a Debian box:

23.6.1 Why GNU `su' does not support the `wheel' group

(This section is by Richard Stallman.)

Sometimes a few of the users try to hold total power over all the
rest. For example, in 1984, a few users at the MIT AI lab decided to
seize power by changing the operator password on the Twenex system and
keeping it secret from everyone else. (I was able to thwart this coup
and give power back to the users by patching the kernel, but I wouldn't
know how to do that in Unix.)

However, occasionally the rulers do tell someone. Under the usual
`su' mechanism, once someone learns the root password who sympathizes
with the ordinary users, he or she can tell the rest. The "wheel
group" feature would make this impossible, and thus cement the power of
the rulers.

I'm on the side of the masses, not that of the rulers. If you are
used to supporting the bosses and sysadmins in whatever they do, you
might find this idea strange at first.

Makes me cringe harder every time I read it

2 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

fisted Re:Meaningless? (173 comments)

How does caching help bulk write performance?

3 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

fisted Re:EEE (216 comments)

Linux's (poor or non-existant) development tools

Wow, what? Is opposite day?

3 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

fisted Re:That's good (156 comments)

You can sometimes spoof your IP address and when lucky have your ISP router forward them, but don't expect to get a reply. I presume making a transaction isn't going to work the one-packet fire-and-forget way.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

fisted Re:density ? (219 comments)

Of course it's not, this is capacity.

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

fisted Re:No thanks (134 comments)

If i am in the process of having a shit, I dont need someone to ask me the question of "Am i sure i want to do this?".

Might not be the worst idea to have this, since by this analogy you're taking a shit in public

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

fisted Re:not hating but ive never heard of it (186 comments)

If you want the really real deal, you ,,telnet nethack.alt.org'', which a) works regardless of OS (provided it has a telnet client, which Windows does).

You mean

telnet -8 nethack.alt.org

And preferably set your terminal to reverse video and use a VGA/IBMgraphics or DECgraphics capable typeface in your terminal. I personally prefer IBMgraphics because corridors look right and proper.

No, pretty sure I meant what I said. Especially the -8 is rather pointless. Reverse video also is a stupid suggestion as you can't know what the normal video mode is, for others.

VGA/IBMgraphics or DECgraphics capable typeface in your terminal. I personally prefer IBMgraphics because corridors look right and proper.

Actually, corridors look "right and proper" with the normal typeface, since that is nethack, this suggestion is also crap.

Playing locally basically implies cheating ;)

No, it doesn't.

The temptation can be very high, especailly when you're close to YASD

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

fisted Re:Very adictive but... (186 comments)

vi? vi? Do you snap your suspenders and tug your beard as you pine for the days of pine over a 300 baud line?

Since I switch a lot between vi/nvi/vim, depending on what's available (protip: vim usually isn't), yeah, it makes sense to learn the common subset first, which is basically the functionality vi implements. Besides, pine?

Real men/women [...] use VIM.

Real men/women use what's there.

[...] furry creatures from Alpha centauri [...]

Trying to be funny -- you're doing it wrong.

And they use the cursor keys...because they have a keyboard with actual cursor keys instead of a ADM3A terminal.

hjkl are much closer to the rest of the alphanumeric block, since they are, well, on the home row. It's fine if you like constantly switching between there and the cursor keys, or probably the mouse, just don't tell me how I should do things, especially when you're unable to give rationale.

You'd think that terminal makers never used a Selectric.

Uh, whatever.

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

fisted Re:Very adictive but... (186 comments)

I can't imagine anyone using the vi shortcuts (k for up and, going clockwise, u l n j b h and y).

Imagine harder then, I don't know anyone who'd play it on the numpad, sounds rather inconvenient because all the other keys are on the main alphanumeric block.

In fact, I originally started to play nethack in order to get comfortable with hjkl for later use in vi. Worked great. (As an unexpected side effect I got horribly addicted though)

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

fisted Re:not hating but ive never heard of it (186 comments)

If you want the really real deal though, you need a linux/unix machine, and you need to play the ncurses command line version in a terminal.

If you want the really real deal, you ,,telnet nethack.alt.org'', which a) works regardless of OS (provided it has a telnet client, which Windows does). Playing locally basically implies cheating ;)

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

fisted Re:Permadeath? (186 comments)

That's ruining it; also, not possible on a public server (which is the reason many prefer to play there even if the latency is a bit higher).

telnet alt.nethack.org

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

fisted Geez (280 comments)

The era in which one group of people will be able to control the commercial activities of third parties is coming to a close. Deal with it.

... he said, either forgetting or ignoring the fact that a group of people controlling the commercial activities of third parties is exactly what just happened.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

fisted Re:In my experience - (488 comments)

Nope.

Both top-posting and bottom-posting have advantages. Bottom-posting makes it somewhat easier to read it like a thread summary, but that's not always useful. Top-posting makes it easier to see what the last guy wrote.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

fisted Re:In my experience - (488 comments)

Top-posting makes it easier to see what the last guy wrote

Nope.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

fisted Re:In my experience - (488 comments)

"What kind of a fucking idiot are you - you can't even write a decent bug report." is not the correct response to the average contributor.

Indeed, which is why I did not repond that way but offered constructive criticism as to what is missing/what would be expected.
Gee I even asked for the link to the original report.

Stop making up stuff, okay?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

fisted Re:In my experience - (488 comments)

Is it really that hard to imagine that people wouldn't want to scroll down to the bottom of a message every time they get a new email? That it might be more convenient if the new message was the first thing they see?

The idea (which is much older than any of the MUAs you mentioned) is that you trim the original message to the parts relevant to your reply, and answer them in-line, much like we do it here on /., you know? The point is to have the context of a discussion readily available instead of having to backwards dig though miles of fullquotes.

about three weeks ago
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FBI: Wiper Malware Has Korean Language Packs, Hard Coded Targets

fisted Re:How (81 comments)

I think any OS will do it once the attacking program can gain root access

Nope, I don't think so. (see securelevel 2)
(and nope, you can't defeat it *that* way. (see RB_HALT)).
It's kind of notable that neither Free- nor OpenBSD seem to support an equivalent to the latter (all three do have the securelevel mechanism, though).

unless MBR protection is enabled in the BIOS

Are you living in a distant past where disk i/o still goes via BIOS?

about three weeks ago

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