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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

koinu Excuse me, I am a German (290 comments)

I am mostly pro-Google and against many weirdnesses we have here against companies with our laws. I try to explain what is going on here.

In Germany a company which has a web presence needs to have a so-called "Impressum" with essential business data and a way to contact them in a reasonable time. When there is a phone number, it needs to be answered. Emails need to be answered soon, too, when there is only email address as contact possibility. The impressum is regulated very stricty to prevent fraud and anti-competetive practices. So it is generally not that bad, except that it abolishes anonymity.

My opinion here: In fact, Google is avoiding its users. Have you ever tried to contact them? In this case it might be a good idea to give people the possibility to contact Google somehow.

And to the people joking about Slashdot. Yes, also Slashdot would need to have an Impressum page when it had a subsidiary in Germany.

about a week ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

koinu Re:Er? (314 comments)

Of course the clock is monotonic. This is also written very clearly in the ntpd man pages that the clock should slow down or tick faster to adjust time without any jumps. Humans should only touch the clock if it is awfully wrong (hours difference). But this is a critical system operation. It can even lead to aborts of important daemons which depend on monotonic clocks. You should avoid changing time at any cost and make sure that the clock is always in a sane state instead.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

koinu As a FreeBSD user (280 comments)

I am happy that Linux users have chosen systemd. First, it separates people who like Unix from those who want Linux to be like Windows. And then it's also good for me, because I have always seriously considered Linux distributions to be serious systems, occasionally trying several just to fail after some months. Now I know that since this whole mess is going on on the Linux platforms, I don't need to care about Linux anymore.

The choice is much simpler now. Thank you, Mr. Poettering.

about two weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

koinu Re:Er? (314 comments)

And if time is sufficiently off from the ntpd server(s), it will refuse to correct and will continue to drift.

Only if you have it configured in this way. The default configuration writes ntp.drift and logs the drifting behavior to correct the clock adequately without time skipping (or worse: moving backwards), which should never happen on a server.

You can use ntpdate of course, but don't use it regularly.

about two weeks ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

koinu Re:Er? (314 comments)

The systemd-localed is simple: it provides the user with capability to change the locale on the fly (and applications with the ability to react on the locale change).

Locale settings are fine without system-level settings. What is wrong with application-specific LC_xxx settings? And why should I be interested in changing locale in the middle of a desktop session?

The systemd-timedated does almost the same for the date and time.

What?! Who the hell changes time on computers? This is not a $5 digital watch! Every reasonable system has got ntpd installed and is set to UTC. The rest is done by selecting the time zone you are in. And stay away from changing time zones by adjusting time! We are not in Windows world where time handling has been fucked up entirely.

And the systemd-logind is basically a dbus wrapper to provide access to log-out/shutdown/etc functions.

Why do I need a daemon to log out from a session?

about two weeks ago
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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

koinu Re:...goes to show... (39 comments)

Probably he has been replaced by a systemd component named stevensd.

about three weeks ago
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

koinu Re: Do the same for EMAIL (121 comments)

Point is, the only CA I trust is the one I created myself. And by this I mean: self-signed certificates are the most reliable. And by this, I imply: "net of trust" type trust is generally the best solution. And that's why I conclude that CAs are generally shitty, because I don't know who signs what there and I consider PGP as the best solution for handling of trust.

about 3 months ago
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For US Customers, Text Access To 911 Slowly Rolls Out

koinu XMPP? (58 comments)

The only way, I "text" people.

about 4 months ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

koinu Re:Had to be done (148 comments)

XFCE famously dropped FreeBSD support for some functions in their file manager for example. Gnome told us to FSCK off entirely.

This is true.

Since then, I've been searching for window managers (I've already given up with full desktop environments, because they install much crap I never need and are slow). I used OpenBox quite long, because it was easy to manage.

One day being bored not trying out anything new, I installed Xmonad for fun. It was a good laugh because of the simplicity... I could not write Haskell code. I found some interesting configurations online and began to learn Haskell. After learning some basics about the functional language, I extended an existing configuration, made it more abstract and now... ... ...

I am still sitting here and have Xmonad on my desktop. I think it's the longest time I've ever used a single window manager as my personal choice. Absolutely stunning. ...

about 5 months ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

koinu awesome? (148 comments)

Maybe it'll be awesome.

No, it won't be awesome.

about 5 months ago
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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

koinu The same way we need to keep init standard? (360 comments)

A while ago... the common init startup procedures have been ignored by the Linux community and they developed their own Unix-incompatible way to start the system and even pollute many common applications with it so incompatibilties will be everywhere soon. And it keeps going on with KDBUS and so on..

Now when OpenBSD touches a central library it is ultimately bad for everyone, even when they don't destroy compatibility as much as it seems. Who uses VMS or pre-Windows-2000 systems today? Most of those people don't care about a new version of SSL anyway.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

koinu Always quit dumb jobs (294 comments)

You know that stress reduces your life expectancy? You have most stress with dumb supervisors/bosses. Go and quit there. This has also the effect that you've ultimately showed your position about it.

about 5 months ago
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Fake PGP Keys For Crypto Developers Found

koinu Re: OP's a fucking idiot. (110 comments)

I don't want to defend his rudeness (I don't like it), but when you don't find the answer in your WoT you should notice it and extend it appropriately.

Many people here understand what it means to trust a CA and we all know how big companies are treated in the US (they are not even allowed to speak about it and I always assumed that such situation you can find only in the most shittiest countries in the world).

I still prefer to trust my WoT because it is ME who gives trust to others and not some people or companies without names that I personally don't know and cannot control.

about 6 months ago
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Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

koinu Re:Broken link (248 comments)

Well, there is no successor to vim without saying that it sucks.

about 6 months ago
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WPA2 Wireless Security Crackable WIth "Relative Ease"

koinu Re:MAC filtering and PSK (150 comments)

MAC filtering even lowers security. Some lazy crackers might have not changed their MAC when they are attacking and it could be easier to identify them next time. When they are spoofing MACs they use your own MACs which they see on your network. You basically (could) lose information about the attackers. And this is bad.

about 6 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

koinu Let the developer choose their tools by themself (627 comments)

I am quite experienced in developing software (daily job for over a decade) and I wrote millions of lines of code. I don't use an IDE because I don't like to depend on much software while developing. It also helps to be portable (which is quite important!) and helps to hop to other workstations without headaches. And lastly an IDE does not have the power of a decent text editor (which is quite obvious, because such a decent text editor has been optimized for many years to support programmers and it can never compete with this massive crowd of people steadily improving things).

BUT...

... I don't like to tell people what they should use. Many people feel comfortable with an IDE because of the alternative form of completion and code navigation. This is ok, if they are efficient. If I was forced to use an IDE-based editor which does not integrate my favorite editor, I would miss about 95% actions which I use very intensively to get my work done quick. It's like some took away my hammer (tool) and gave me a shoe (wrong tool) to put a nail into a wall. I always say: it will work, but it will take longer, because it slows me down.

Fortunately, most people respect my choices because I am one of the more important developers in our company, but I can see that many companies actually force tools upon developers, which is quite bad in my opinion. Tools are always to be selected for a specific problem. Programming happens in the brain. Tools are just supporting the output. Consequently it does not depend on what tools you use to decide if you are a good developer (I admit, it can be a hint) but on the way you approach problems.

about 7 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

koinu Re:Sigh. (279 comments)

As a FreeBSD user, I laugh here silently about all your Linux problems. It's funny to see Linux distributions still use this SystemV crap, when everyone else already offers modern solutions for this. Linux does not even have an adequate devd/devfs solution, redesigned the dev-system several times and it is still bad. Now you get what you deserve... systemd and we can even laugh harder at you.

The only thing that hurts is probably that systemd might become the next hald oder consolekit which costed everyone years of development in wrong direction.

Sometimes, it would make sense to take a look at how others solve problems and learn from it (instead of re-inventing the wheel wrong the 4th time).

about 7 months ago
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Federal Smartphone Kill-Switch Legislation Proposed

koinu Kill (173 comments)

The kill switch has its name, because now the mugger needs to kill the one who he stole the mobile phone from to make sure that he does not report it as stolen.

about 7 months ago
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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

koinu Re:Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (252 comments)

Yes. I like the beta Slashdot's new feature not being able to visit the article view on Android's Firefox. It reminds me that I should go back to coding. And of course, everyone likes that you need at least an i7 CPU to scroll the web pages softly.

about 7 months ago

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Linux 3D games run faster on PC-BSD

koinu koinu writes  |  about 3 years ago

koinu (472851) writes "Phoronix has published benchmarks comparing 3D games on Ubuntu Linux 11.04 and the FreeBSD Linux ABI emulation on the 8.2 release of PC-BSD, which is a desktop variant of FreeBSD. Most results show that the emulated Linux layer on FreeBSD performs better than Linux natively. It is pretty interesting, because most people would expect that an additional abstraction layer would generally slow down the execution of binaries."
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