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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

just_another_sean What does he think (32 comments)

What does he think about systemd?

3 hours ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

just_another_sean Re:So... (170 comments)

Should we be a bit more welcoming to Microsoft?

No.

2 days ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

just_another_sean Re:Two links (138 comments)

Thanks, and for the record I automatically thought it was the editors, not sure in hindsight why that was my gut reaction but it was... Definitely not trying to pick on submitters! Even a poorly written (not yours, in general) but interesting submission should be displayed to us as a very well written submission, period, every time. That's what editors are for!

about a week ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

just_another_sean Two links (138 comments)

I very rarely complain about the editors and stay out of the beta discussions (but beta does suck) but I am getting as tired as everyone else with some of the submissions these days. If there are two articles that link to the exact same content but on different sites jut pick one and use it. Having two links just wastes the time of the users that actually RTFA...

* Yes, I occasionally RTFA, I'll turn in my /. ID on my way out now...

about a week ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

just_another_sean Re:Goes to show (321 comments)

Here too, guess I should have mentioned, I speak from experience!

about two weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

just_another_sean Goes to show (321 comments)

It goes to show that, especially in the computer security world, no good deed goes unpunished. You hear about it over and over, try to tell someone something is wrong with their computer security and the instant reaction is to shoot the messenger.

about two weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

just_another_sean Take away for me (217 comments)

e.g., the preference of certain personality types for functional, static and strongly typed languages.

My guess is that this has a bigger impact on most projects than actual features of a chosen language. I was thinking it the whole time I read the summary and then, sure enough, it's mentioned as a disclaimer at the end...

about two weeks ago
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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

just_another_sean Re:People are scared (206 comments)

what is the point of using the Web?

Porn?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

just_another_sean Re:What is Docker and why should you care? (104 comments)

The posix subsystem was usable on NT4. Not so much since then. The latest version is basically a wrapper around the GNU tools and is more about Microsoft checking boxes on government forms when bidding on projects than anything else.

Cygwin is not perfect but I'd say it has far less issues than what MS offers.

Network authentication for UNIX systems relies on the insecure NIS protocol (LDAP- and Kerberos-based authentication require a third-party solution). Microsoft has released several hotfixes for Windows Services for UNIX, and at least one Security Update (KB939778). The GNU Project utilities are several versions older than the latest ones. A separate port of the up-to-date Debian utilities was started in 2007, but apparently abandoned in 2009.[26] Several of the text processing utilities in SUA (e.g. awk) are not compatible with Unicode or wide character text files.

I can't think of one application where Cygwin would not be far more beneficial than MS's half ass attempt at being Unixy.

about a month ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

just_another_sean Re:Enterprise backup (253 comments)

As if ensuring the survival of the human race isn't "productive". And, personally, I can''t think of anything more important that my wife does than be the awesome mother she is to our children. Now, while she's young and has the energy to go outside and play with them...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

just_another_sean Re:WTF? (265 comments)

Huh, did not know that but I usually only map inbox so that's probably why. If I get my gmail from anywhere but the web interface it's just to do a quick check. If I have to respond to something new I log into gmail.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

just_another_sean Re:WTF? (265 comments)

As other's have stated using the Report Spam feature should make 99% of spam a thing of the past by putting in the spam folder.

The Original Submitter did not say but based on their description of running their own MX I would guess they are using IMAP (or maybe POP) to pull down their gmail to a local client and thus missing out on the opportunity to mark them as spam...

I occasionally check my gmail from a local client but use the web interface enough to help the spam filter figure me out by marking messages as spam or phishing (or on very rare occasions marking something as Not Spam).

about a month ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

just_another_sean Re:One example doesn't make an "always" (728 comments)

The first example is an MP. The second is an activist who had the strong backing of an MP.

The third one, well maybe karma had something to do with it if you believe in that sort of thing, but the story is thin on details and the death of the troll may or may not be related to the actual trolling.

Show me some articles where regular people, not famous, not extremely rich or connected to a government, were given any attention/positive results by law enforcement after reporting being harassed on line.

about a month ago
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Symantec To Separate Into Two Companies

just_another_sean Re:Excuse me... (86 comments)

Well, they bought Verisign so if you used their SSL services you were switched to Symantec. And it appears that they still have a lot of market share in that area even though I'm sure a lot of existing Verisign customers screamed Nooooooo!! at the top of their lungs when they heard about the buyout and switched to something else as soon as possible*.

*He says from experience!

about a month ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

just_another_sean Re: blocking the networks owners ? (429 comments)

Yeah I was more on the side of "What a jerk, that's a DOS tool!" but after reading further it looks like his intention is not to just randomly deploy it on his own whenever he wants. He wrote it to help show business owners what was happening on their networks and how these same owners could use the tool to stop the most egregious offenders.

Not saying someone else couldn't come along and use it maliciously but that's true of a lot of (most?) software.

His intentions seem good and if it helps a few small business owners get a few less complaints about their network from legitimate users then more power to him...

about a month ago
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MIT Study Finds Fault With Mars One Colony Concept

just_another_sean Re:"Finds Fault" is faulty reporting (269 comments)

Thanks, that explains it and your metaphor is spot on. I did initially read it literally and thought you meant they were Mormons trying to go to space. Was waiting to read their first ship would be called the Mayflower or something :-)

Now that I think about it I think I just came up with an acceptable plot for a SyFy Channel movie of the week!

about a month and a half ago

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Russia offers $110,000 to crack Tor

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 4 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "The BBC reports that Russia is trying hard to get volunteers to crack TOR so that its users can be identified. The contest is open to Russians only and contestants are required to pay 195,000 roubles (~ 5,460 USD) to enter the contest.

Considering TOR is heavily backed by various US Government agencies is this just another front for a new Cold War?"

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Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 7 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Coverity Inc., a Synopsys company, released the 2013Coverity Scan Open Source Report.
The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date.

A few key points:

* Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects.

* Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality.

* C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

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Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about 9 months ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world's most famous copyright attorneys for infringement has reached a settlement with him.

The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix."

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Milton Everett Olin Jr. Killed in Bike Accident

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about a year ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Milton Everett Olin Jr., A former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster was killed when he was struck by a sheriff’s patrol car while riding a bicycle, authorities said Monday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Olin and the patrol car were traveling in the same direction on Mulholland Highway in suburban Calabasas when the collision occurred.

The deputy, who was not named, was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. The cause of the crash was under investigation."

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Rebuilding the internet

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  about a year ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Alex Polvi is living the great Silicon Valley archetype. Together with some old school friends, he’s piecing together a tech revolution from inside a two-car Palo Alto garage.
In a nutshell these guys are trying to use Linux to give the masses a cheap and reliable way to build server farms similar to Google or Amazon. It's an open source project called Core OS. Is "rebuilding the internet" on a single, standard server platform a good idea or is such an homogeneous environment an undesirable security problem waiting to be let loose?"

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FSF on Oracle v Google, software patent threat

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 4 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "The Free Software Foundation has chimed in on Oracle v. Google. The main
point they make is that Oracle is only going to hurt Java in the long run by doing this. They mention Sun and the GPL'ing of Java
in 2006 and Oracle's previous stance against software patents.
And of course they get a plug in for IcedTea (suggesting Google would have been better off using it instead of rolling their own).
More at Groklaw..."

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The Missing Link

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 5 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "It's a find that has even Google getting in on the action; scientists have discovered "the missing link", a 46 million year old skull in Africa.

Scientists working in Africa have discovered a Stone Age skull that could be a link between the extinct Homo erectus species and modern humans.
"[This skull] shows the continuity of the evolutionary record, so in that sense it is a link [between Homo erectus and modern humans]," said Scott Simpson, a paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Researchers discovered the skull five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region (map of Ethiopia). The area is rich in fossil and archaeological deposits ranging from 10,000 years to 5.6 million years in age.

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IBM to Linux Devs - Stop Copying Windows

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 6 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Bob Sutor, VP of Open Source and Standards at IBM tells Linux developers to "stop copying 2001 Windows. That's not where the usability action is."

Quoted at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco, Bob thinks that what the open source community needs to make Linux popular as a desktop OS used by consumers and businesses are "some really good graphic designers."

This of course is on the heels of their announced initiative to partner with popular distros and push Linux out to the mainstream.

The article goes on to say

Sutor offered "predictions" that collectively seemed more like a roadmap of where IBM would like to see Linux evolve over the next 10 years. Among the areas developers should focus is in making the OS more green, Sutor said."

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R E S P E CT - Find out what it means to IT

just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Computer world has an interesting article up on why doesn't IT get the respect they deserve.
I'm sure a lot of it will sound familiar to the /. crowd but one thing I didn't expect is that the lack of respect by employees goes far beyond IT... If the survey cited is to be believed the problem presents itself in all aspects of an orginization and is generally caused by ... you guessed it ... clueless management.

From the article:
Why don't IT people get more respect? ...when it comes to how our fellow employees think about us, IT work is a train wreck. Users break the rules we set up, ignore the processes we develop and generally act as if we're clueless in what we do.

But why? As it turns out, it's not just us.

According to a recent survey... More than one-third of employees surveyed — 37% — said they ignore company rules when they've developed a better way of getting work done.
Sound familiar to any of you?"

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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Todd Bishop has a post on his blog concerning some comments made by Eblen Moglen concerning the ramifications of MS distributing SLES vouchers once the GPLv3 goes into effect.

Eben Moglen, legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation, discussed the details of the draft General Public License Version 3 — including its defenses against the Microsoft-Novell deal — in an online seminar hosted by OpenLogic Inc. today. ... Moglen said the recent "saber-rattling" further illustrated the importance of protecting against Microsoft's attempts "to disrupt free software production through the inculcation of a large inventory of most-likely invalid patents."
If this is correct can Novell afford to stay on GPLv2 versions of all it's software? Does even one distribution of a peice of GPLv3 software under the MS/Novell deal render MS's patent claims moot? As usual, more coverage over at Groklaw."
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "A 16 year old NY boy, Robert Santangelo, has responded to a suit brought against him by the RIAA and has filed a countersuit.

Quoth the article:
"Santangelo is the son of Patti Santangelo, the 42-year-old suburban mother of five who was sued by the record companies in 2005. She refused to settle, took her case public and became a heroine to supporters of Internet freedom."

Having dropped the case against Patti in December of 2005 the RIAA turned around and sued her children. The article goes on to point out that the daughter, Melissa, has a default judgment against her to the tune (NPI) of $30,750. The reasoning behind both Robert's defense and countersuit are discussed and finally the article quotes an RIAA rep:

"The record industry has suffered enormously due to piracy. That includes thousands of layoffs. We must protect our rights. Nothing in a filing full of recycled charges that have gone nowhere in the past changes that fact.""
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 7 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Big Business says Patents are Good for Small Business

An article at PC Pro UK (reg required) points out obvious big businesses bias and EU Patent Office collusion in a recent patent study. While this was supposed to be a comprehensive survey welcoming comments from many sources, in the end the study as published is nothing more then the opinions of a few big businesses (SAP and MS on the top of the list) and the European Patent Office. From the article:

A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking almost any participation by the small business community.

Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by large corporations and the patent industry."
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just_another_sean just_another_sean writes  |  more than 8 years ago

just_another_sean (919159) writes "Techworld has an article up discussing a letter (pdf) leaked to them about OSS in Europe. Written by the ISC (Initiative for Software Choice) it claims that OSS is a serious threat to the "software eco-system" and that wide spread adoption would have "dire consequences".

Funded by Microsoft (and others) the ISC exists to convince large governments around the world not to invest heavily in deploying and using OSS. From the article:
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Lueders sent the letter on 10 October to leaders of the Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, in response to an EC-commissioned study into the role of open source software in the European economy (referred to by Lueders as Free/Libre/Open Source, or FLOSS).

In the letter, he criticized the study as biased and warns that its policy recommendations, if carried out, could derail the European software economy.
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Is this a sign of desperation from the propriety world or just business as usual?"

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