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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

kthreadd Re:Disabled (376 comments)

Maybe this would be possible if the vendor offered a restore image for download.

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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

kthreadd Re:Disabled (376 comments)

Is there a reason why these programs can only be "disabled," not "removed?"

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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

kthreadd Spyware status (131 comments)

Will Ubuntu Touch for Phones include spyware, like the shopping lens that they ship with the desktop version of Ubuntu?

2 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

Indeed, I just pointed it out as an easy to understand example.

2 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

By convention patches are released under the same license as the version it applies to. I'm sure the GNU Bash maintainer is willing to clarify this to Apple if asked.

2 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:Yo, bash upstream (208 comments)

There are users using it, and it is documented.

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:FreeBSD has as well STILL not patched. (208 comments)

But it is part of the ports collection, which is managed by the FreeBSD project and that a lot of FreeBSD users use.

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

The GNU project shipped officicial patches for all GNU Bash versions going back to 3.0, and I've seen other people patch versions going back to 2.0.

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:Ars Technica speculates? (208 comments)

What are you talking about? It is completely factual and a valid point. Apple currently bundles 3.2.51, which is licensed under GPLv2. The patched version of bash is the new 4.3.25, which is licensed using GPLv3. Including it would change the license they are using, which I imagine takes some consideration.

Here are patches for Bash 3.2:

https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bash/b...
https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bash/b...

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

Actually, Apple uses an old version based on Bash 3.2 which is under GPLv2. Not really a problem, patches exist for as old as Bash 2.0.

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

First of all, do you run your Mac as a server? If the answer is no then you most likely don't need the patch anyway. The MacPorts binary will depend on libraries installed by MacPorts, there's nothing wrong about that.

3 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

kthreadd Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

It really has nothing to do with the default shell. It won't matter what shell is the default when your CGI script starts with #!/bin/bash.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

kthreadd Re:Doesn't really matter! (309 comments)

You have obviously never used Perl.

3 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

kthreadd Re:Let's be honest (248 comments)

I went back to the /. article from the 2.14 release. Turns out people didn't like that one either. I especially fell for this comment:

Gnome2 was an act of utter contempt against end users, it's still better than KDE but that's not exactly saying much is it? fluxbox, icewm & xfce4 are where it's at.

Yet people use it.

4 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

kthreadd Re:Just turn off dynamic workspaces (248 comments)

I just tried Gnome 3.12.2 from a freshly updated Debian jessie and no, there is still nothing configurable at all on that desktop. This is the big major difference from MATE and XFCE4 where everything is configurable by just a right click on the widget you want to change. On Gnome 3, even after years of complain, there is still absolutely nothing configurable at all.

There's actually a lot of things that can be configure, it's just that the UI does not allow it. This will hopefully be improved one day.

So sorry, your claim is false: there is no option to disable dynamic workspaces and there is no option to disable top-left corner gesture. I have found 3 way to start the Preferences application (from the user menu top-right, from the application icon bottom-left, from a right click on the background). None allow to configure what you claim.

Dynamic workspaces can be disabled. GNOME Classic uses this setting by default. You can easily change it with gnome-tweak-tool.

And finding an application is still a nightmare. Still the same nonsense of having to go to the top-left activity menu, but warning, be precise because the top-left corner is just a few pixel away. On a 4K display this is just a torture to not hit the top-left corner when you wants to click on the top-left activity menu.

You don't need to use the mouse at all. Use your super/windows key to bring up the Activities view, then just type what you want and hit return.

Still, the activity menu is in fact not a menu but a vertical bar with few big ugly icons of something I rarely use, not even a web browser.... I have no clue how there chose to display those useless icons.

You can drag and drop any application that you want there.

Still have to got to the bottom-left of the screen (from the top-left of the screen, try that on a 4K resolution) to click on the application array. But why ?

There's a shortcut, super+a will bring up the applications view.

Still no categories ?

No, but you can create folders from the Software application.

I have no clue about how look the icons of the applications I wants and the text is not only ridiculously small but cropped !!!! Yes, on a 4K display will 3840 pixel width, Gnome 3 fail to display the full name of a few applications icons in a row even with a almost unreadable small font !! Such a big failure. Completely useless.

Most of this can be fixed within gnome-tweak-tool. You should check it out.

5 days ago

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Scientists extract RSA key from GnuPG using sound of CPU

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 9 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  |  1 year,3 days

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 and a half 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 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  |  about 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  |  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  |  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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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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