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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

kthreadd Re:The memory hole isn't possible (181 comments)

You can of course contact the site and ask them to remove it.

2 days ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

kthreadd Re:FUD (100 comments)

It's still a problem if users don't know about it and has no way to disable it.

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

kthreadd Re:sure, works for France (279 comments)

I understand your point but I can't see how vacation could even be a factor when negotiating salaries. Salaries are primarily negotiated based on supply and demand, and when no one can be denied their paid vacation that factor doesn't matter anymore.

3 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

kthreadd Re:sure, works for France (279 comments)

Your total compensation is just it. You can negotiate to be compensated in dollars, pieces of silver, gallons of milk, condoms or paid vacation days, but all of these are part of total price of your labour and where you get something, you lose something somewhere else.

I would not say that it's part of your compensation if there was a law that said that everyone should have at least x number of paid days off.

3 days ago
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Firefox 31 Released

kthreadd Re:What version would be this (171 comments)

That version is horribly out of date. You should update now unless you're using distro supported version of Firefox where the patches have been backported.

about a week ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

kthreadd Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

Right... so a Microsoft approved curriculum. Good for a trade school, awful for a person who wants to actually learn something.

Well, still better than an Oracle approved curriculum.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

kthreadd Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

Visual Studio is quite Windows specific, but the others are more or less cross-platform thanks to Mono.

about three weeks ago
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Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

kthreadd Re:Gnome 3 (50 comments)

Would you have preferred that it looks more like Gnome3 ?!

Yes. Yes I would. But I think it's a good thing that KDE is doing their own thing first and foremost.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd Re:32bit ISOs = GONE (125 comments)

Hey then why don't you install Fedora on it? =)

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

kthreadd Re:another language shoved down your throat (415 comments)

Computing science is not about programming, but programming is often used as a tool in computing science and they therefore (rightfully) have you take programming courses before going into the more theoretical material.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd Re: Pity about systemd (125 comments)

Debian decided to switch to Systemd after Wheezy shipped, so it won't end up in stable until at least the next release.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd Re:Desktop Repos? (125 comments)

Are you sure you have not changed the base channel to 6.4? As recently as today I updated a RHEL (not CentOS) 6.4 machine to 6.5 and it happily updated to redhat-release-server-6Server-6.5.0.1.el6.x86_64 with just a simple yum update. And I don't think we have done anything special to that machine.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd OpenJDK (125 comments)

The summary mentions OpenJDK 7 as something new in 7. Just want to print out that both 5 and 6 has support for OpenJDK 7 as well.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd Re:Fedora can be annoying.. (125 comments)

I guess Nvidia is more than welcome to submit their driver under a compatible license if they want better compatibility.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd Re:Pity about systemd (125 comments)

If you're talking about traditional init scripts then Systemd has support for them. You can continue to use them, but you should probably at least check that they work as intended. Not sure if Upstart jobs are still supported thoigh.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd Re:Pity about systemd (125 comments)

I for one have found it very pleasing to use, but if you want to give up on an entire operating system based on its init system then all I can say is good luck.

about three weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

kthreadd Re:Who gives a fuck? (125 comments)

3. Fuck Oracle & most definitely fuck Ellison.

Maybe I'm missing something, but given that Oracle makes their living (partly) on repackaging RHEL then that sounds like a good reason to get a RHEL subscription.

about three weeks ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

kthreadd Re:google doens't need to stir up dissent (74 comments)

I just want to point out, *everyone* does not like this law; just like *everyone* does not like handguns.

about three weeks ago

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Scientists extract RSA key from GnuPG using sound of CPU

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 7 months ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In their research paper titled RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis Daniel Genkin, Adi Shamir and Eran Tromer et. all. present a method for extracting decryption keys from the GnuPG security suite using an interesting side-channel attack. By analysing the acoustic sound made by the CPU they were able to extract a 4096 bit RSA key in about an hour. A modern mobile phone placed next to the computer is sufficient to carry out the attack, but up to four meters have been successfully tested using specially designed microphones."
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GNOME 3.10 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 10 months ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.10 of the GNOME software collection has been released. New in this release is improved support for Wayland, the upcoming X replacement. The system status menus have been consolidated into one single menu. Many of the applications in GNOME now features header bars instead of title bars, which merges the titlebar and toolbar into a single element and allows applications to offer more dynamic user interfaces. GNOME now also includes an application for searching, browsing and installing applications called Software. Several other new applications have also been added to GNOME including Music, Photos, Notes and Maps."
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FreeBSD 8.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The FreeBSD project has released version 8.4 of the free operating system with the same name. Highlights of this version is GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.10.1. In this release focus has been put on improving stability and storage capability. The ZFS filesystem has been updated to support feature flags for ZFS pools, asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets, LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimization. Also, support has been added for all shipping LSI storage controllers."
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MongoDB exposes user-triggable NULL pointer dereference

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "A slightly upset bug report has been submitted to the MondoDB project about certain problematic sections in the source code.

Step 8. REALIZE I CAN CRASH 99% OF ALL WEB 3.9 SHIT-TASTIC WEBSCALE MONGO-DEPLOYING SERVICES WITH 16 BYTE POST

The bug has been confirmed and is actively investigated."
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Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Debian project has released version 7.0 (codename "Wheezy") of their popular free software distribution. A major new feature in this release is multi-arch support, simplifying installation of packages for different architectures on the same system. The installation system has also seen a lot of improvements; it now allows Debian to be installed using software speech. It also supports installation on UEFI for the AMD64 architecture, although not yet with "Secure Boot." The Linux kernel has been upgraded to version 3.2 and the FreeBSD kernel is available in both version 8.3 and 9.0. Most packages has also been updated to newer versions."
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GTK+ 3.8 Released with support for Wayland

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.8 of the GTK+ GUI framework has been released in version 3.8. A new feature in GTK+ 3.8 is support for Wayland 1.0, the display server that will replace X on free desktops. Among the other new featurs are improved support for themeing, fixes to the geometry management and improved accessibility. There is also better support for touch, as part of a long going effort in making GTK+ touch-aware."
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Minix 3.2.1 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD."
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Red Hat has just released version 6.4 of its enterprise Linux distribution. According to the release notes the new version contains full support for parallel NFS and guest support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization among other things. KVM users will also benefit from the inclusion of virtio-SCSI, which makes it possible to connect directly to SCSI LUNs and offers better scalability compared to virtio-blk."
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Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Luis Villa has an interesting discussion on the topic of not licensing at all, what he calls POSS or Post Open Source Software. With a flood of new hackers flocking to places like GitHub which doesn't impose any particular requirements for hosted projects, the future of Open Source may very well be diminishing. Skip licensing, just commit to GitHub. What legal ramifications will this have on the free and open source community going forward?"
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CentOS 5.9 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 derivitive CentOS version 5.9 has been released just 10 days after its upstream provider. According to the release notes a number of changes have been made. New packages available in CentOS 5.9 includes for example OpenJDK 7 and Rsyslog 5. Several drivers have also been updated in the kernel which has been updated to version 2.6.18-348, including support for Microsoft's virtualization environment Hyper-V."
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Yet another Java zero-day exploit

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Looks like there's yet another exploit for Java available on Pastebin. It affects the latest version of Java 7, whch is Java 7 update 10. An example exists that launches calc.exe on the victim's computer. Disable applets in your browser if you have Java installed."
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GNOME (et al): Rotting In Threes

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In a relative long blog post IgnorantGuru describes how projects like GNOME, GTK+, Unity and KDE have stopped focusing on the user and what repercussion that has on the Linux desktop.

I have never gotten into the KDE vs GNOME debates, so this is not GNOME bashing, nor, as you’ll soon see, are these systemic development problems limited to GNOME. Yet what I’m hearing is that with GNOME v3 the goal is to promote their “brand” and make it dominant, in part by greatly limiting what users can change on their own systems, and partly by breaking or simply removing whatever support they’re no longer promoting as ‘The Way’. The reach of this selfish and narrow-sighted development goes beyond GNOME and affects GTK apps in general.

The Linux desktop has for long been composed of several interchangeable and combinable components. This means that every Linux desktop does not necessarily look and feel exactly the same, giving the user the choice to optimize the desktop to his or her preference.

Getting in deeper, not only are GNOME devs content to break their own desktop, but they want features removed from apps simply because GNOME no longer supports them!

It can be argued that Linux is not about choice and that backwards compatibility can not always be preserved. Hackers are free to use their time to do what they want to do, but when some of the most important projects prioritize their brand higher than the user it is time to think about what we are loosing as a community."
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Apple Fires VP of iOS Software After Mapgate

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Scott Forstall, the senior vice president of iOS software is leaving Apple due to the the massive problems with the Maps app in iOS 6. Forstall has been a key figure at Apple since the iPhone first appeared in 2007, known for his eager personality and resemblance to Steve Jobs. However the recent debacle around the iOS 6 Maps app was one misstep too much. This is a good opportunity for Microsoft and Google, both likely to hire the man with the insight into the future of iOS."
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GNOME 3.6 released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Mostly bug fixes and improved translations. New applications include Clocks and Boxes. Clocks is a world time clock, which allows you to keep an eye on what the local time is around the world. Boxes allows you to connect to other machines, either virtual or remote. For developers there's the new GtkLevelBar widget in GTK+, and GtkEntry can now use Pango attributes."
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Man moves to US and is told to repurchase all apps

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Andreas Fredriksson describes the downside of app stores when moving between countries:

I recently moved from Sweden to the US. Now that my bank is here in the US, I switched my Apple account over to the US region.

Doing so made everything under “Purchases” and “Updates” disappear in the Mac App Store. After a long frustrating email exchange I was told by the App Store support that apps are tied to a region, so if you have downloaded an app in one region it’s forever tied to that region. Their message was: You have to keep your account in the Swedish region to receive updates. Note that this applies even to free stuff like Twitter!"

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Google acquires Sparrow

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd writes "The makers of the popular Mac and iOS email client Sparrow just announced that they have been acquired by Google. This will likely mean that better email handling will go into Android."
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GRUB 1.99 released with support for ZFS and BtrFS

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "GNU GRUB has been updated to version 1.99. Among the many improvements are support for two new filesystems, BtrFS and ZFS. For Linux users this means that it's now possible to move to BtrFS entirely and not use it only for non-bootable volumes."
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LLVM Debugger Subproject Sees Light of Day

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The LLVM project is now working on a debugger called LLDB which is already faster than GDB and could be a possible alternative in the future for C, C++ and Objective-C developers. With the ongoing success of Clang and other LLVM subprojects is the days of GNU as the mainstream free and open development toolchain passé?"
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