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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

sl3xd News at 11!!! (172 comments)

Anybody who's really looked at security around X11 has known for decades that it isn't that great.

I even remember that as recently as a year ago, ATI's drivers specifically tell you to use "xhost +" to enable GPU compute jobs using ATI devices, which resulted in a lot of "LOL NOPE" in the HPC industry. (It's trivial to root a machine that has had "xhost +" executed inside an X11 session.)

X11 having critical security holes should surprise no one. There's a reason internet-facing servers don't have X11, and it's not just because you don't need a GUI sucking up resources.

On the other hand, I'm thoroughly grateful that somebody decided to do something about it.

about a month and a half ago

81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

sl3xd Re:Can't be true (136 comments)

Citation, please? Where are you getting the idea that exit nodes have huge bandwidth bills?

For example: run a mac mini colo as an exit node, with unmetered bandwidth. $55/month, with 100 Mb of bandwidth, 24x7.

Or some guy in Korea with 3-5 gigabits of bandwidth at their home for ~$40 USD/month?

Or a university club running an exit point using approved university resources? (I know my alma matter does)

Tor exit nodes are often just people hosting them on their own nickel, often at home. You can throttle the tor server to 56 Kib/s, and leave the rest for your own usage.

about 2 months ago

81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

sl3xd Re:Can't be true (136 comments)

There's a difference between a honey pot and a dedicated search.

Honey pots exist to collect all traffic that hits them. Were Tor a honey pot, the Silk road would have never exited in the first place.

about 2 months ago

Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

sl3xd Re:Competition (265 comments)

Given the liberalness with which Apple has wielded the Ban Hammer in the past, it's telling that they haven't used it now.

about 3 months ago

Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

sl3xd Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

Stop bragging. Anybody who cares is keenly aware of the corporation-sized enema we're taking every day.

And it's not even lowering our colon cancer rates...

about 3 months ago

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

sl3xd Re:Until we upgrade the dumb bunnies (384 comments)

In fairness, some people do feel better when they see something being done by some sort of authority figure. Even a scrawny 19-year old rent-a-cop armed with a radio can make a substantial difference to people's feeling of well being (in one way or the other...)

about 3 months ago

Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

sl3xd Re:Politics (384 comments)

If they had just stated the truth, that Ebola is hard to spread with proper controls, and can be contained...

For the public, notions of safety went out the window after the clusterfsck in Texas.

- A patient went to the ER with symptoms, and was sent home
- People in government-mandated quarantine didn't honor the quarantine, and went to public places. It took armed guards to enforce the quarantine.
- Two nurses, wearing the recommended protective equipment became infected, and are being treated now.
- One of the nurses went on an airline flight after treating the Ebola patient, in violation of a number of CDC policies
- Personnel treating the first ebola patient were in constant contact with hundreds of others, including other hospital patients

Restated facts (or "truth") about how difficult it is to transmit can no longer combat the fear that has brewed up.

A pattern of mistake after mistake has emerged - things that should have never happened did. People who knew better didn't do the right thing, over and over.

It's a PR disaster, pure and simple. Any goodwill or trust the public had was burned up in Texas.

about 3 months ago

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

sl3xd Re:Some things are beyond the pale (993 comments)


Pottering comes off as an arrogant jerk, but the guy's trying to make Linux better.

Sure, many disagree with his vision, and he definitely could have been less of an ass in a number of documented situations... But he hasn't done anything to warrant the sort of things he's describing.

Some people carry on like he's demanding primae noctis.

about 4 months ago

Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

sl3xd Re:The Internet of Things, aka (50 comments)

It's just a toilet seat that reports when somebody's on it. Everybody poops! There's nothing to worry about!

Until you realize that it's able to find usage patterns, and your insurance rates go up because they think you may be getting colon cancer.

Everything's connected, and I don't want every facet of my life being reported to some corporate overlord.

about 4 months ago

Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

sl3xd Re:Quick check string (329 comments)

Does it have to be soda, and does it have to be in the head?

What about a nice, hot cup of McDonalds Coffee in the crotch?

OK, fine... But I'm going to pick a soda with the stickiest ingredients available.

about 4 months ago

Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

sl3xd Re:Yet another out-of-control govt agency (299 comments)

Dogs have been eugenically engineered by humans for tens of thousands of years, and are therefore an artificial life form. They usually eat food that comes from a factory, and is artificial. Since you have an artificial life form eating artificial food, it's excreting artificial poop. Its urine is water that has been polluted by artificial processes. Hence the impact study.

By some definitions, anything created by a human is artificial, so all of our bodily wastes are artificial.

about 4 months ago

Euclideon Teases Photorealistic Voxel-Based Game Engine

sl3xd Re:Where's my dinosaur? (134 comments)

The museum of natural history?

If Skyrim has skeleton archers and beserkers, why not skeleton dinosaurs?

about 4 months ago

Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

sl3xd good luck with that (421 comments)

Remember the 2008 Apple that overheated constantly because Steve Jobs didn't like fans?

Actually, no...

Which model is that? The Macbook Air came out around that time, but it has fans.

about 4 months ago

Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

sl3xd Not just iPhone (421 comments)

I'm convinced the 'SapphireGlass' display 'leaks' were iPhone-6 sized prototypes for the tempered glass screen protectors sold by a variety of manufacturers, for pretty much every model of smartphone.

Zagg, for instance boasts theirs has a hardness of 9H, which is in the same range as Sapphire.

about 4 months ago

ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

sl3xd Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

Also known as the global strategy of how to handle North Korea.

North Korea is resource poor, bankrupt, and starving - it took decades to build up nuclear capabilities, but they did it.

ISIL has oil, and lots of it. Sure, you could make selling their oil 'illegal' like blood diamonds, but the strategy didn't stop DeBeers from trading blood diamonds, and it won't stop the oil companies.

ISIL may not be able to obtain nukes, but they are well funded enough to do other terrible things to nations who would just as soon ignore them.

about 4 months ago

UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

sl3xd Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

I'm really not sure about the "not replacing IPv4"...

Most Comcast customers have IPv6 now, and it's been silently working for quite some time.

I've taken the time to instrument my connection, and a lot of my traffic is IPv6. (The lion's share of bandwidth is IPv6, but that's easy to pin on Netflix.)

about 5 months ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

sl3xd Re:Well, at last (465 comments)

...the vulcanism under the oceans..

There's a religious sect that lives under our oceans that practices the philosophy of logic and supression of emotions!?!

Sweet. Maybe we can get them to get our government to do something logical for a change.

about 5 months ago

The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

sl3xd I still like cubing... (100 comments)

I never really stopped liking the Rubik's cube. The remarkable thing I've found is the explosion of nxn cubes made by companies other than Rubik's - each with a very different feel (and much better performance).

In my opinion, the Rubik's brand are the worst available - overpriced, and literally painful to use for more than a few twists. Even a cheap $3 knockoff is a vastly superior mechanical design.

Modern speedcubes (non-Rubik's) are a lot more fun: your hands aren't hurting because the cube is painfully stiff or constantly locking up because of a tiny misalignment. The stickers don't peel up from a few minute's use... And they still cost less than the Rubik's brand.

about 9 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

sl3xd What good is free speech... (1116 comments)

What good is freedom of speech if you can't speak your mind without being vilified by everyone?

de Tocquerville even warned that freedom of speech is useless unless the speaker is allowed to voice their view without being persecuted for it.

He even closed "Democracy in America" with: "Tyranny in democratic republics does not proceed in the same way, however. It ignores the body and goes straight for the soul. The master no longer says: You will think as I do or die. He says: You are free not to think as I do. You may keep your life, your property, and everything else. But from this day forth you shall be as a stranger among us. You will retain your civic privileges, but they will be of no use to you. For if you seek the votes of your fellow citizens, they will withhold them, and if you seek only their esteem, they will feign to refuse even that. You will remain among men, but you will forfeit your rights to humanity. When you approach your fellow creatures, they will shun you as one who is impure. And even those who believe in your innocence will abandon you, lest they, too, be shunned in turn. Go in peace, I will not take your life, but the life I leave you with is worse than death.”

Freedom of speech is useless without the tolerance to allow a person's views to be heard, without persecution. Unless you can voice your view without persecution, "You will retain your civic privileges, but they will be of no use to you" is literally true - you can voice your view, but you will suffer for it, what good is it?

It's perversion of the spirit of the first amendment to say "You have freedom of speech, but not freedom from its consequence."

I may not like what I consider ignorant drek spouted by Neo-Nazis, KKK, certain Westboro Baptist Church members, etc. I may think they are personally the worst filth humanity has to offer. But I am willing to fight to give them the right to spew their bile and to protect them from those who seek to silence them by whatever means necessary. Anything less amounts to tyranny by the majority.

And that's precisely what is being done here - Eich voiced a view - years ago, and now that what was then the minority is now the majority, he is being punished for it.

The very cornerstone of freedom of speech is being willing to protect those whose views we hate, and the ability to exercise their right without fear of backlash or persecution.

I'm not saying Eich is left starving... far from it. The point is that nobody should feel a threat to their person, livelihood, or property because their views -- however unpopular, ignorant, or wrong -- are expressed.

about 10 months ago


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