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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

seifried RHEL / CentOS / Fedora updates now available (303 comments)

RHEL updates are available:

https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2014-0376.html

CentOS updates are available:

http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2014-April/020249.html

Fedora updates are available, hitting the mirrors, but you can get it earlier, instructions here:

https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2014-April/003205.html

https://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/announce/2014-April/003206.html

about two weeks ago
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Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

seifried Re:Not the sun (320 comments)

Or there could be something else causing global warming, like a decline in the number of beanie babies for sale on eBay, and at the same time the real cause of global climate change occurred (less beanie babies for sale) CO2 levels also happened to rise. This is why you need controls and multiple experiments, or ways to control for other factors.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

seifried GetOnTracks (133 comments)

Is pretty much exactly what you want, it's not great but it's not bad. I do wish it had offline capabilities. http://getontracks.org/

about 4 months ago
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Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

seifried To bad it's way less secure than chip and PIN (222 comments)

To bad it's way less secure than chip and PIN. Mag stripes can be trivially copied and then used. In Canada a lot of the payment terminals are configured to not allow mag stripe usage if the card has a chip (I disabled the chip on one of my cards to see what happens, only place that would let me swipe is Home Depot, and even then the machine wouldn't accept it, they had to pull out an old physical ka-chunker machine and do it manually, haven't seen those in ages).

about 5 months ago
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Police Demand Summary Domain Takedown, Traffic Redirection

seifried This is why I'm an EasyDNS customer (251 comments)

They have solid service, and not just the simple stuff, but the ugly bits as well (granted they did let a few porn/gambling sites go after a series of massive DDoS attacks, but they gave them time to move as I understand it, they didn't summarily boot them off). When picking a DNS registrar/provider make sure you pick one that won't just turn your DNS off if someone decides to send an angry email to the registrar.

about 6 months ago
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Google May Replace Cookies With Unique AdIDs

seifried Wait... the internet has ads? (147 comments)

I've been surfing with ad blocking so long I sometimes forget the Internet is plastered with ads. I'm teaching my kids that any device showing ads is broken (TV, tablet, computer, you name it) because well, it is.

about 7 months ago
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Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

seifried Re:The future of driverless cars looks like a bus (662 comments)

What if someone slips a dead fish in under the seat and it doesn't start to smell for a day or two? I can see the potential for pranks, but luckily most people are sane and reasonably nice.

about 8 months ago
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Should OpenStack Embrace Amazon AWS?

seifried Wrong questions, management tools already do it (27 comments)

Disclaimer: I work for Red Hat on the Security Response Team and I'm one of the cloud guys so I'm biased (but I also work with OpenStack upstream). I'm also the CVE guy (plug: remember kids, get your CVEs early and life is better for everyone! http://people.redhat.com/kseifrie/CVE-OpenSource-Request-HOWTO.html).

Adding support for this into OpenStack for AWS EC2 is really the wrong layer, this makes a lot more sense in the Orchestration layer. We already have a product that supports this: CloudForms, it can manage systems via OpenStack, RHEV, AWS EC2, etc. referred to as Open Hybrid Cloud/. Another aspect of this is that many customers already have significant investments in virtualization infrastructure, asking them to throw it all out for OpenStack (so all the software, training, backup software, etc.) won't always happen (although many are quite happy to add OpenStack to the mix).

about 9 months ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

seifried Re:SSD (261 comments)

So by your argument we should be using clay tablets I suppose, they have several thousand years of development behind them!

about a year ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

seifried Re:SSDs are a fad (261 comments)

This is true of any storage medium. Also what happens if you laptop gets lost or stolen? Catastrophic loss of data is always just around the corner, as such you need to be making backups, ideally off site in case your home/office/data center/whatever burns down/gets flooded/clobbered by a tornado/hurricane/whatever. Bad things happen to good data, so make copies!

about a year ago
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Seagate To Stop Making 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

seifried SSD (261 comments)

SSD's are definitely the way to go for 99% of laptop users (unless you need more than say half a terabyte of space), SSD == lower power, no vibration/shock issues, and waaaay lower latency. I've been replacing all the drives in my laptops with SSDs for a few years now, I can't imagine going back to spinning rust. As for large file storage in laptops I bet a lot of users can get away with USB sticks now rather than HDs anyways. About the only place for spinning rust now is as a tape like storage medium where latency isn't an issue.

about a year ago
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How Red Hat Hires

seifried Re:does it work? (113 comments)

You also have to remember when it comes to technical talent red hat is an open source company and we tend to hire open source people. One huge advantage of open source is we can easily see what people have worked on and contributed. Meaning for most of my coworkers you can plug their name/alias into google and find the projects they work on. Also the communities we work within tend to be quite well connected, for example in the Linux security community we all know each other because we help each other and work on issues together constantly. It makes hiring a lot easier when you can actually see with strong evidence that the person you're hiring is actually capable of doing the job you want to hire them for and even better that they are already a cultural fit.

about a year ago
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SEC Investigates Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Over Facebook Posting

seifried "no comment/contact legal/pr/investor relations" (190 comments)

I work for [redacted] which is why I won't say anything about [redacted] or especially anything about the [redacted] incident that [redacted] 17,000 people and caused the entire town of [redacted] to go bald and [redacted] at 3 in the morning.

Which is why anyone with an ounce of sense doesn't talk about their company (especially the higher up you go in the management chain). And especially never put it in writing. Duh.

about a year ago
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Why Big Data Could Sink Europe's 'Right To Be Forgotten'

seifried Re:Don't store it in the first place (128 comments)

But let's say I didn't share my data with Facebook, my friends and associates did. E.g. photos from an event I attended get posted, they tag me in the photos, now Facebook recognition tags me (well in theory..). Someone else enters my birthday in order to be notified a week in advance so they don't forget to email me a happy birthday. Someone enters my home town (actually happened on linkedin, grr). So now Facebook has my name, bday, address, photos of me, and I never logged into Facebook. That is why we need the right to be forgotten.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

seifried Ted talk on this (468 comments)

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

about a year and a half ago

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How to store lego efficiently

seifried seifried writes  |  more than 3 years ago

seifried (12921) writes "So the Duplo storage issue is easy: big bin, let the kids at it. But Lego... Lego is a whole different creature. I have approximately 50 pounds (and growing). So far what I've been doing it bigger pieces by color (i.e. all the red, all the yellow, etc.) with small pieces mixed (e.g. all the 1x1's, 1x2's, flower bits, yada yada). The problem is essentially the intersection of three issues: storage of each color and piece type should be as separate as possible (1x1 red, 1x2 red, etc.), however storage is limited (I'd rather not have 6 large fishing tackle boxes) and sorting them to that degree is a chore (so some degree of mixing saves on that, making kids do it is to be avoided). What do you guys do to store your Lego efficiently, with a reasonable minimum of effort, but still able to find specific pieces without spending an hour rooting around the bins for it (50 pounds of Lego is a lot, but only a good start as far as I'm concerned)."

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