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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

gmack Re:SNI on Bingbot (391 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.

3 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

gmack Re: Stupid (391 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.

4 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

gmack Re:Stupid (391 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

4 days 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 a month 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 a month 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 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)

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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

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

This is news to me. My main PC (debian jessie) has four cifs mounts on startup and they all come up with no trouble. The only systemd issue I've had so far was a minute and a half hang on startup that I couldn't spot but that was fixed by the latest debian update making the startup process actually tell me what it was doing. Turns out I had a swap entry in /etc/fstab from an old drive I removed ages ago and systemd was giving it a full 90 seconds in case it was slow to initialize rather than not there.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

gmack Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (447 comments)

I'm more interested in the "churchgoing" thing. It flies in the face of studies that show atheists don't have very different odds of getting divorced, whereas conservative Christians have higher divorce rates. Maybe the actual atheists are buried in a larger population of people that are nominally religious but don't go to church. I can see how the latter might be an interesting subgroup of religious people. These are people that think something is important but don't do it anyway. Atheists might be a lot more like the unfiltered population of religious people in that they are neither more nor less likely to do things they regard as important.

You have hit the nail on the head. There is a massive group of self identifying Christians who never attend church and never read the bible for themselves but call themselves Christians because their parents (or some family in the past) were Christians and since they outnumber Christians take their faith seriously, it has produced a lot of statistical noise and now we see clumsy attempts like this to work around the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

gmack Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (447 comments)

It is more than just pressure. There is also a support network of close friends and any good church will offer marriage counselling to try and sort out problems long before it gets to divorce.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

gmack Re:Just do it (279 comments)

I am not running Google Fibre but even with the 120/20 cable connection I have from Teksavvy, the firewall I built using two PCI Gigabit Ethernet cards and an old Pentium 4 (Debian/iptables/Unbound) is a huge a huge improvement over the AP that was there before. I disabled NAT on the AP and set it up to route from WIFI over the new firewall and even my laptop and cell phone run faster.

about 2 months ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

gmack Re:United States of Amerika (124 comments)

I can only hope. From your fingers to God's eyes.

I'm sure someone will trot out the "but countries that have banned guns..." yes indeed, they have pretty much eliminated gun violence. Of course criminals moved onto knives, bats, and other things. Which is why in a place like the UK if you're under 18 you can't buy a knife easily, and why assault with a weapon is the most commonly laid charge with "blunt force, or lacerations" being the primary indicator in cases of death or AS.

I'm sure someone with an agenda will start modding this into oblivion, and I say "disprove it." The stats are out there, you can see them yourself on wikipedia and can order them under FOIA/Open Access in various countries. You don't like it? Tough, it's reality. You want it changed, fix the problem.

The stats are out there but the stats don't back you up. Checking the UN's Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population For 2008, we have Canada at 1.8, the UK at 1.3 and the US at 4.6. So yes, not allowing people to walk around armed to the teeth really does seem to help.

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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