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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

kthreadd Re:I wish Debian was as responsible. (123 comments)

You know there are reasons why Jessie is still in testing and has not been released yet? If you want something that works you should use the stable version, which is currently Wheezy.

3 days ago
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Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

kthreadd Re:Breaking news (123 comments)

A developer fixes a bug, and writes a comment on github.

Technically he was @-mentioned (or whatever it's called nowdays), got a notification from the GitHub thread in his email and responded to it from his email. He did not write a comment on GitHub. GitHub took his reply and posted it automatically.

4 days ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

kthreadd Re: Of Course (114 comments)

They have outsourced parts of their business to companies in China, but that does not make them a Chinese company.

5 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

kthreadd Open protocols (307 comments)

The solution is not that Apple should take iMessage to every platform out there, but that we start using open protocols instead like XMPP.

about a week ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

kthreadd Re:32bit vs 64bit (156 comments)

Actually he/she is right. OS X does support running 64 bit binaries on a 32-bit kernel. OS X didn't even have a 64 bit kernel until 10.6 and it wasn't until 10.7 when OS X started to boot into the 64 bit kernel by default, but you could still run 64 bit programs just fine back to 10.2 just as long as you had a 64 bit CPU.

about a week ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

kthreadd Re:A reason to go with Open Source (156 comments)

That was exactly his point: you can hire another company to continue the maintenance.

I guess you missed his/her point as well. With Windows you got free updates up until July this year. With Linux you would have had to finance that yourself. Installing Linux in 2003 and paying someone to make updates for you would most likely not have been cheaper.

With Windows, there is no such option even if you were ready to throw cash on the table.

Yep, absolutely. You're screwed once MS stops their support. In their defense though, it is quite good that they provided updates for 12 years.

about a week ago
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Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials

kthreadd Re:Not for new users of FreeBSD (75 comments)

20 pages are barely enough to even introduce ZFS. Another 200 page book is more reasonable.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

kthreadd Re:instant disqualification (644 comments)

Yep, that's why the Roslyn compiler is so interesting.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

kthreadd Re:instant disqualification (644 comments)

Yes. And the problem is that VB is MS only. It is a vendor lock in. What about stuents that have a Mac or Linux at home? He chains them to MS.

On Debian 7:

$ uname
Linux
$ vbnc
Visual Basic.Net Compiler version 0.0.0.5943
Copyright (C) 2004-2010 Rolf Bjarne Kvinge. All rights reserved.

Error : VBNC2011: No files to compile! Cannot do anything!
Compilation took 00:00:00.2141430

https://packages.debian.org/je...

Also, the new Microsoft .NET compiler (Roslyn) is open source.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

kthreadd Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (644 comments)

VB.NET is certainly not C# with a different syntax. They both compile to IL and run on the CLR, and they have similar features but they are different.

about a week ago
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Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials

kthreadd Re:Not for new users of FreeBSD (75 comments)

Naming a book "Storage Essentials" and then not talking about ZFS was a mistake. If you're going to be building any type of NAS, you're going to want to use ZFS for it's scalability, reliability and stability. While you might get away with UFS for a couple of terabytes, you're going to have a bad time of it when you've got 40TB worth of storage space to manage.

Essentials means "the essentials," not "everything you should know about X."

After quickly looking through the table of contents, I don't think there's actually enough room in the book to even introduce ZFS. What should he have taken out? Smart? RAID? Encryption? I would argue that all that is way more "essentials" than ZFS. ZFS deserves its own book.

about a week ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

kthreadd Re: a better question (591 comments)

...and apparently no one got the joke, since Macintoshes don't have internal blu-ray drives or software to play blu-ray discs...

I have not tested myself, I'm not interested in blu-ray. But I believe that you can get it to work on a Mac with VLC.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

kthreadd Re:Might have done that, but OSX is Unix, runs FOS (591 comments)

The bash shell is exactly the same

Actually it is not. Due to political reasons the latest OS X release still ships with an eight year old version of Bash. Sure it's still fine for most users, but you're missing out on eight years of new features.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

kthreadd Re: a better question (591 comments)

It makes a lot of sense if you want to edit 4K video at 1:1 resolution and still have space left for palettes and windows.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

kthreadd Re:calling bullshit. (551 comments)

send them to grep in the right order and use a proper regex with lookarounds. And before you complain about difficulty, it isn't harder to learn that then to learn other commands.

Actually, it is much easier to use the --since and --until flags with journalctl.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

kthreadd Re:calling bullshit. (551 comments)

I don't know if someone has built a journal viewer for Windows. Nothing would stop that. However, the benefits of using a journal format that preserves meta data is much more useful on a daily basis than the potential downsides when occasionally trying to read the on-disk format from Windows.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

kthreadd Re:calling bullshit. (551 comments)

How do you make grep give you everything that happened between two arbitrary timestamps and take log rotation into consideration?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

kthreadd Re:calling bullshit. (551 comments)

journalctl | grep foo

Now that was hard wasn't it?

about two weeks ago

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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  4 days ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The OpenSSL project has released its second feature release of the OpenSSL 1.0 series, version 1.0.2 which is ABI compatible with the 1.0.0 and 1.0.1 series. Major new features in this release include Suite B support for TLS 1.2 and DTLS 1.2 and support for DTLS 1.2. selection. Other major changes include TLS automatic EC curve selection, an API to set TLS supported signature algorithms and curves, the SSL_CONF configuration API, support for TLS Brainpool, support for ALPN and support for CMS support for RSA-PSS, RSA-OAEP, ECDH and X9.42 DH."
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Apple releases CUPS 2.0

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 3 months ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "15 years after CUPS 1.0 was released Apple released version 2.0 of the printing system for GNU/Linux and other Unix-style operating systems. One of the major new features in 2.0 is that the test program for ippserver now passes the IPP Everywhere self-certification tests. Also, an interesting blog post looking back on the past and onto the future of printing. Since the first major release in 1999 printing has beome much more personal, printer drivers are going away and mobile usage is now the norm."
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Scientists extract RSA key from GnuPG using sound of CPU

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year 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 a year 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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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