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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

gmack Re:I thought they're making money... (200 comments)

You want to bet that number subtracts the cost of their network build out from the profit margins? The bulk of the costs are the labour and equipment needed to run the fiber. Once the fiber is in place, upgrades are just a matter of swapping out the equipment at both ends and the costs will drop sharply.

4 days ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

gmack Re:I thought they're making money... (200 comments)

They are making money, it's just that internet is less of a profit center than wireless so they would rather put the money where they can make the higher profit.

5 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

gmack Re:Subject to the whims of the masses... (224 comments)

Your plan falls apart when you have large groups of people who are willing to believe literally anything about some group they don't like and refuse to accept any evidence that they are wrong.

The number of people who believe Obama will bring in Sharia law or has the national guard preparing internment camps is outright staggering.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

gmack Re:pfsense (403 comments)

That's pretty interesting considering it was designed for servers to begin with. Servers are far more likely to have weird dependencies on boot such as root drive over the network or worse yet, boot drive over clustered file system over the network and where Debian said they are losing share due to not being able to support some of the larger server configurations.

For the embedded space, it either uses less memory than the current setup, or you are rolling your own init and don't care about systemd at all.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

gmack Re:pfsense (403 comments)

PfSense is a must if you are running ESXi topologies.

SystemD hatred is pretty simple. A large amount of untested, potentially unsecure, unaudited code was placed at the core of Linux's userland, and forced on end users (enterprise IT shops) without any real testing or feedback by end users.

RedHat has bet the farm on SystemD... if/when it has security issues (it has network connections, so in theory, it can be remote rooted), it can cause a mass flight from RHEL and downstreams. The gain? Little to none, from the end user point of view.

I am keeping fingers crossed, and hoping someone forks the cash for an audit of the code... Oracle and Microsoft are waiting in the wings for mainstream Linux distros to fall on their face if something does break.

You do realize that most of the systemd addon daemons run
1. As a completely separate process
2. With the minimum permissions need to do their job.
3. The stuff with network connections are definitely optional..

I know they have some network things that they optimized for containers but they don't seem general purpose so I don't run any of them on the servers I'm testing systemd on. So far the only actual Systemd issue I've had is that it screws up pulse audio on one of my machines (works fine on the laptop screws up on my desktop).

about two weeks ago
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Asus Wireless Routers Can Be Exploited By Anyone Inside the Network

gmack Re:It's official ... (68 comments)

Plenty of performance and memory, never any issues. It makes me wonder why more router manufacturers don't use Linux or BSD derivatives for their firmware instead of writing garbage in-house.

Mainly because the market is very price sensitive and as a result routers tend to use some slow SOC with a minimal amount of RAM because it costs less. Linux or BSD wouldn't do you much good if every time someone fires up bittorrent, the NAT table fills because there just isn't enough RAM to handle it all. It has only been recently that I've seen routers with a decent amount of ram and even then that has been in the $150+ range while most people I know refer to spend $30 to $40.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

gmack Re:Dupe (840 comments)

A few years back my friend went to get his BMW from my garage where he had left it for the winter only to find a flat tire waiting. I thought "no problem" we can just use the spare just as my father taught me. We pull the jack out that came with the car and attempted to jack the car up but the jack actually started to collapse under the weight of the car. At that point we gave up and called CAA and when the guy arrives says "why did you guys try to do this yourselves?" It seems the jack was mostly decorative.

Throw in modern cars with diagnostic readouts proprietary to the car and you find a car that is simply not designed to be repaired by anyone other than the dealership so don't blame training or our generation for the problem.

about three weeks ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

gmack Re:SNI on Bingbot (396 comments)

You might want to reread that. It's not supporting it, it is just ignoring the certificate error and indexing the site anyways. On the plus side it will work by accident as long as you don't tell apache to redirect to an error page on SNI failure. So it's mostly good news.

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

gmack Re: Stupid (396 comments)

Bing and Yahoo's web crawlers do not support SNI so you can enable it as long as you don't mind not being indexed on some search engines.

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

gmack Re:Stupid (396 comments)

That said, GP nails it: the problem with SSL is not the tech, it's the that the CAs are money grubbing semi-competent boobs, and the trusted certificate lists are administered by either OS or browser producers leaving a huge open arena for politics and perverse incentives.

Which is why it was really sad when chrome backed off on supporting DANE

about a month ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

gmack Re:Systemd is killing the Debian project. (550 comments)

Uh no, the Linux kernel is monolithic because it runs the drivers as if they were a part of the kernel rather than running the drivers as separate processes.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

gmack Re:damn (550 comments)

It isn't in the actual init system, it is an optional daemon that uses the interfaces that systemd exports so there is nothing that actually forces anyone to use it. My Debian based firewall runs systemd with unbound without any problem.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

gmack Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

Did it actually not boot or did it seem to hang and the guy resets it after a minute? I ask because my PC had exactly this problem. Ages ago I had a drive die in my system so I pulled it but missed one of the references in /etc/fstab and when I did the initial conversion to systemd it hung and I was about to pull my hear out but instead I left the room to clear my head and came back several minutes later to find my system booted with no explanation as to why the delay.

The systemd update a few weeks ago finally gave me a nice message on console to let me know that one of my fstab entries was timing out so I checked, found the entry and now everything boots faster.

about 2 months ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

gmack Re:Systemd is killing the Debian project. (550 comments)

And the criticism from those who are against systemd is extremely important to consider. The complaints are very sound, from a technological perspective. They're also based on decades of real world experience, which just cannot be ignored.

I'm not a total fan of every design feature of everything systemd has done but gave you actually read their supporting references? I'm most of the cases boycottsystemd has rephrased events to make the systemd folks look as bad as possible in ways that would make a Fox news reporter feel proud. A good example is their comment about requiring "bug for bug" compatibility with glibc was instead a use of a certain non posix flag needed for thread safety and complaining that it is tightly tied to Linux is about as helpful as complaining that udev is tightly tied to Linux.

At any rate, I find it very telling that they don't actually mention any of their supporters.

about 2 months ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

gmack Re:Tempting (181 comments)

64bit... again, bragging points about how many bits you use, no functional difference to anyone. Its like when I gave the 32 bit version of Visual Studio to a colleague and he complained that he wanted the 64 bit version.... there is no 64 bit version because it isn't needed. Its just the typical knee-jerk reaction that 64 bits is somehow essential for everything, not just those programs that really do require it.

Not entirely true, x86 was famously register starved meaning you had to spend a lot of time swapping things into and out of the general purpose registers. When AMD designed the 64 bit extensions, they doubled the number of registers to 16 total, meaning software could spend less time moving things around and more time actually doing something useful.

about 3 months ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

gmack Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (450 comments)

If gimp pulls in systemd libs then a bug should be filed there. There is no technical requirement it needs to be that way according to the gnome folks.

During that "lengthly consultation process", nearly all of the for systemd was based on the advantages that systemd, as an init system, offer over competing init systems. In the months since Debian committed to systemd, Poettering has been increasingly vocal that he wants systemd to be more than an init system. That is why there is a renewed call for debate.

This is what I mean by reading things for yourself. I've been reading about his plans but you are mistaking the systemd init system with the overall collections of things he is working on. It's not as if the high speed DHCP daemon he has just written will end up in PID 1. His proposals so far is that there will be more optional daemons that either work better and at some point in the future I wouldn't be shocked if there were to be a debate over whether his addons should replace existing daemons but we aren't there yet.

 

about 3 months ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

gmack Re:Gnome3, systemd etc. (450 comments)

You do not have to install gnome3 on Debian, I don't. As for systemd, I suggest looking through Debian's extensive documentation detailing why they chose systemd over the alternatives. At any rate the time to argue systemd was last year when Debian had a very lengthily consultation process. I also suggest looking up the systemd documentation for yourself considering the huge amount of FUD being spread about it and I find it telling that neither the Debian fork website nor the boycott systemd websites don't actually name any of their supporters.

about 3 months ago
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OpenBSD 5.6 Released

gmack Re:Thank you! (125 comments)

1. OpenBSD supports laptops, specifically Thinkpads, better than any other operating system not called Windows. Suspend/resume works, instantly.

That's less of a good thing considering how nasty Lenovo is to work with. Not only did they continue locking their mini pcie port against "unauthorized" wifi cards, they have double downed on their customer hating behaviour by refusing to charge third party batteries. Since that was written, they seem to have moved the enforcement into the firmware.

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

gmack Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

Legacy? 5 years ago we had to interface with a bank who used XML with EBCDIC fields.

about 3 months ago

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64 Bit flash is back

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gmack writes "Adobe has finally released the long awaited "square" beta of Flash. From the site 'Adobe® Flash® Player "Square" is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta.'"
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Canadian DMCA unveiled again.

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gmack writes "The Canadian second attempt of their version of the DMCA has been Released.

Upside: allows format shifting. Downside: $500 penalty for file sharing."
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Interpol unmasks photoshopping paedophile

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gmack writes "Police have unmasked a paedophile who used a standard adobe Photoshop swirl to cover his identity. Hopefully this doesn't mean they all move to more advanced ways of covering their identities."

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Thoughts from a Mardid police station

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So after getting nailed by a fairly practiced and aggressive team of pickpockets I'm sitting in a Madrid police station with nothing to do but wait and look at the wanted posters. One of them really caught my eye since the woman seemed very happy to have it taken.

The only thing going through my mind the whole time was what I would say if I actually met her.

Ms Zurutuza, I understand that as a woman you want to be as beautiful for your picture as possible but maybe, given your career choice as an enemy of the state, having a picture out there that no guy could possibly walk past without looking twice at in the hands of the Spanish police was a bit of a mistake? You would think as a terrorist you would want to be as unnoticeable as possible.

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Signs of the times

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So I'm walking though church one day and get stopped by my friends grandmother. What did the little old SriLankan lady want you might ask? she wanted me to chech out her blog.

Signs of the times I guess.

The thing that shocked me the most was that it's better than most of what I read on blog posts

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Freaking clueless isp.

gmack gmack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Welcome Gerhard! Please hold while we contact a representative. If a representative does not respond in a few seconds, then he/she is not available at this time.

There is/are currently 2 active support session(s) before you. You may continue to hold or leave a message.

** (16:19:15) You are now speaking with Bryan, Technical Support. **
(16:19:25)Bryan : Welcome
(16:19:29)Bryan : Could you tell me what your phone number so I can access your account ?
(16:19:51)Gerhard : I don't have an account there
(16:20:09)Gerhard : I'm a hosting provider who has several customers on your service
(16:20:19)Bryan : What exactly is blocked?
(16:20:32)Gerhard : my mail server
(16:20:46)Gerhard : anything to videotron is refused
(16:21:12)Bryan : When you send to our server, it is blocked and you receive a bounce back?
(16:21:37)Gerhard : (delivery temporarily suspended: host mx.videotron.ca[24.201.245.37] refused to talk to me: 452 try later)
(16:22:38)Bryan : Do you have the IP adresse of your SMTP?
(16:22:59)Gerhard : yes it's xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
(16:24:34)Bryan : 83% of mail received by this IP address is spam, you only need to reduce the level of spamming we receive, and you will be unblocked automatically
(16:24:59)Gerhard : heh.. I'm running four blacklists and a graylist
(16:25:29)Gerhard : not a lot I can do if my customers sign their email up for things and then forward it all to themselves
(16:26:15)Gerhard : the emails are only forwards customers request and do not originate from my server
(16:26:23)Bryan : We do not use any blacklist or graylist. Our filter relies on this percentage to block or unblock a SMTP. The only way to get unblock is to lower this level of spamming.
(16:28:43)Gerhard : in otherwords there is no fix other than to never allow customers to set forwards to their videotron address ?
(16:29:46)Bryan : When we speak of spam, we are speaking of unsolicited emails. Like emails speaking of viagra and stuff like that. Legitimate emails are not accounted for in this percentage.
(16:30:02)Gerhard : right.. I understand that
(16:30:10)Gerhard : but the spam does not originate from my server
(16:30:22)Bryan : It is sent by your server to ours
(16:30:32)Gerhard : all my server does is host customer email addresses and forward them where they specify
(16:31:42)Bryan : There is someone using your SMTP to spam our server. This spamming need to be lowered and you will be automatically unblocked.
(16:32:45)Gerhard : more to the point.. some customer of mine got spam and my server just forwarded what was sent to him to the videotron account he asked it to be sent to
(16:33:59)Bryan : Even if it is redirection. The spam was received from your server, hence why it is blocked. As soon as the percentage lowers, you will be unblocked
(16:34:09)Gerhard : ok
(16:34:17)Gerhard : I will tell my customers not to forward to videotron
(16:34:29)Gerhard : he can use his google mail or something instead
(16:34:37)Gerhard : or get a real internet provider

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