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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

smash Re: don't use biometrics (328 comments)

The actual false conviction rate is unknown, as many of those falsely convicted never get their convictions overturned. Several have been executed based on convictions for crimes that they did not commit, proven by DNA evidence decades later.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

smash Re: don't use biometrics (328 comments)

No argument on guantanamo. It is illegal and a disgrace. My point is that if the cops are looking to "solve" something for the public spectacle, they can and will use all of that shit to put you away. As anyone should know by now most of it is theatre, to look like they are doing something to keep people safe. You happen to be the unlucky guy in the wrong place at the wrong time? Too bad. "We got him guys, it's all good!".

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

smash Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

Your country had those safeguards, they were thrown away under the guise of national security when the government pulled out the patriot act and other assorted legislation that they conveniently had ready to go for the occasion.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

smash Re: don't use biometrics (328 comments)

So how many people in Guantanamo have had their day in court yet? If you're linked to someone who is linked to terrorism, you're a suspect. If you have discussed things in sms or email that are critical of the government, you're a suspect. If you have been in close proximity with suspected terrorists, without even knowing it, you may be a suspect. You want to take a punt on whether or not you can be declared an unlawful enemy combatant?

about a month and a half ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

smash Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

Pretty much. Entire story needs to be tagged "Nope!"

about 1 month ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

smash Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (126 comments)

There are patches to fix the vulnerabilities, they just haven't been backported by the developer to the old version of owncloud. The official owncloud path is to upgrade to the supported release. If Ubuntu want to support the old version, it is up to them to backport fixes to the old version(s) themselves, as the FreeBSD ports team often do with the ports tree.

about 2 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

smash Re: Why not allow the update into the repos? (126 comments)

I don't think you understand how software gets included in a distro. The developer doesn't ask for it to be included generally, it is often packaged by some third party who likes the software and wants a debian/redhat/etc. package for it. The developers distribute via source, if a distro wants to include their own custom package for it, that's their own doing.

about 2 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

smash Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (126 comments)

The developer may have nothing to do with Ubuntu, packages for distributions are often developed by a third party who takes the official sources and packages it up themselves. The developers often do not package anything directly and have no interest in maintaining packages for other people's operating systems. They distribute via source.

about 2 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

smash Re:Packages can't be removed? (126 comments)

As I understand it, this package is not part of the official ubuntu distribution, but part of the third party not officially supported packages, so that should not preclude it from being updated.

about 2 months ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

smash Re: Packages can't be removed? (126 comments)

It is up to the package maintainer to backport security fixes if they want them. If they don't want to remove the package fair enough, but they should be popping up copious warnings, and maybe push a package update that alerts via script (even if it doesn't secure the package) that "THIS PACKAGE IS INSECURE AND UNMAINTAINED - it is recommended you deinstall and upgrade via original sources" or similar. This is similar to how FreeBSD ports work.

about 2 months ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

smash seriously... this is news? (328 comments)

Seriously, why the hell would a company sell their competitor's stuff in their own store when they had just been sued by them? Even if they weren't sued, apple have their own line of audio gear now. It's just stupid to promote your competitor's product in your own store.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:it solves some unicode issues (774 comments)

systemd is written in C. Terse, poorly commented C. The non-type-safe language with an abysmal history of buffer overflows, by a team of muppets responsible for some of the most bug-ridden, garbage the Linux world has ever seen included in a major distribution (Pulse Audio).

Excuse me if my confidence is not there.

Init scripts, be they BSD style or sysV style can be easily customized, extended, replaced or de-bugged by anyone with a modicum of shell scripting experience. They have not proven to be a cross-platform compatibility problem, as systemd has already.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:Why do people care so much? (774 comments)

In 20 years of dealing with plain text unix log files, I am yet to have corruption in them, certainly not to the point where I could not view the logs at least partially.

The fact that these logs are getting corrupted most likely IS due to systemd, the developers simply don't give a fuck. "Assuming the corruption came from another source" is exactly the problem.

Also, what do you do if files are corrupted? You attempt to at least retrieve partial contents. Log files contain valuable information. Or we would not bother logging it!

about 2 months ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

smash so.... (580 comments)

They are only hiring confessed music/tv pirates now?

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:UseLessD (774 comments)

No, like various other unix shells that fixed shellshock 30 years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:UseLessD (774 comments)

Sure, there are things that init does not do. That does not mean that systemd is the solution, or even that the architecture systemd has decided to use is a good idea.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:it solves some unicode issues (774 comments)

And you think re-writing from scratch will produce less bugs? Common rookie mistake. Everyone thinks if only they could re-write they could make something better and less buggy off the bat. That is, in the vast majority of cases due to not fully understanding the problem.

Software gets complex due to fixing edge case bugs as they are discovered. Throwing all of that development away, unless you have a fucking good reason is a bad idea.

I've yet to see any "fucking good reason" for systemd doing the things it does. And definitely no way to force it on everyone as default.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:it solves some unicode issues (774 comments)

Also, I have never, in 18 years of dealing with Windows NT based platforms, ever seen a corrupted event log that wasn't due to storage system failure.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:Why do people care so much? (774 comments)

Yup. I could improve on systemd's logging by just piping to /dev/null. Much faster.

about 2 months ago

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www.google.com blocked by Microsoft Anti-Malware products

smash smash writes  |  more than 2 years ago

smash writes "It would appear that a recent definition update or change to www.google.com has caused the site to be registered as a (false?) positive for Blacole.BW a javascript exploit. So far, it looks like at least Forefront TMG malware inspection, and Microsoft Security Essentials are affected."
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Congress wants to spy on your internet

smash smash writes  |  more than 3 years ago

smash writes "Taking a leaf from Steven Conroy's book, the US congress wants to spy on its citizens internet usage under the premise of going after child pornographers. But of course everyone else's browsing will be under surveillance as well. Won't somebody think of the children?"
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What if the internet was turned off?

smash smash writes  |  more than 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">smash writes "With recent actions by the government in egypt to turn the internet off in the face of revolution, what would you lose if access to the internet was turned off? With everything moving to IP (voip, video, online banking, e-mail, news delivery, internet radio, etc) just how stranded would you be if it was to all be turned off?"
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Internet Explorer 9 released

smash smash writes  |  more than 3 years ago

smash writes "Whether you hate IE or not, the good news is that IE9 final is finally out. With newer Microsoft produts (eg, Sharepoint 2010, FOPE, etc.) dropping IE6 support the availability of an IE that is finally at least somewhat standards compliant and with improved performance is surely a good thing."
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internet explorer 9 beta is out

smash smash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

" rel="nofollow">smash writes "Internet Explorer 9 beta was just released into the wild, bringing a first real test-drive of vastly improved standards compliance and an accelerated rendering pipeline to those stuck in environments that include software that mandates internet explorer. Whilst its not ever likely to be a slashdot crowd favorite, improved standards compliance can't be a bad thing."
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Australian internet in safe hands

smash smash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

smash writes "Senator Conroy, Australia's minister for communications recently demonstrated his fine understanding of internet service delivery and his powerful command of the english language in a recent communique to the Australian people. Australia LOL'd."
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how to market music, by trent reznor

smash smash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

smash writes "How to Destroy Angels is a new band featuring Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. The first EP is available as a free MP3 download, 2 dollar upgrade for downloadable high-def, or free with any other merchandise purchase. Given that the distribution cost for the album is pretty close to free, the pricing seems fair. Is this the future distribution model for entertainment media? How can traditional publishers expect to charge physical media distribution prices for digital downloads, when any artist can set themselves up to distribute via the internet like this?"
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$40k per URL for aussie web filter

smash smash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

smash writes "After several years of debate and electioneering, some statistics on the Australian national web filtering effort have been disclosed. Apparently, the typical Aussie web surfer is 70 times more likely to win the national lotto than stumble across a blocked page. Additionally, despite the claim that the main aim of the filter is to block child pornography, only 313 of the 977 total sites blocked is on the basis of child porn. At $40m AU so far in taxpayers funds, the cost so far is around $40,900 per blocked URL. Government efficiency at work..."
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Nine inch Nails ditch label

smash smash writes  |  more than 7 years ago

smash writes "After much public comment on the record industry in general and and his label in particular, barely a week after Radiohead, Trent Reznor has ditched his label and will focus on sales via the net. Read the scoop here. Is this the beginning of the end for the RIAA?"
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The polling poll poll.

smash smash writes  |  more than 7 years ago

smash writes "Did you tell the truth on the slashdot polling poll?

  • yes
  • no
"

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2006

smash smash writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, time for my bi-annual journal update...

Since last post, I've quit my old job, worked freelance for 6 months, scored a new job, and just about gotten myself out of debt :)

I'm not working on a remote minesite, doing all sorts of geek stuff, ranging from wireless networking, to PABX configuration, to AD administration, to firewalling, to maintaining a large cisco spanning tree ethernet network, etc.

All good fun and a huge learning opportunity.

Looking to actually do some courses at some point in the near future, with a view to actually *learning* stuff i don't yet know, as opposed to just scoring paper certs for stuff I can do in my sleep.

Considering Java app development, as it seems to be fairly multipurpose, and well entrenched.

In my spare time, I've decided to get into club level motorsport - JDM spec Nissan 180sx with around 300hp at the rears, coilovers, sway bars, etc, etc...

And that's pretty much it.

Will try to update this more regularly :)

smash.

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moving right along...

smash smash writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, time to get another job. Just recently handed in my notice, I've had enough.

Not really much more to add, my last day is next friday. Anyone looking for a unix/networking guy in the Perth, Western Australia area (part time work preferred, starting my own business), please feel free to email me :D

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IPsec under BSD - update

smash smash writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, so far so good.

The wireless IPsec link has been working flawlessly - the only problems I have encountered so far have been key lifetimes (they're too far short by default), and a power outage. The link is point to point via a middle hop, and this device is in another companies office.

They had an extended power outage the other day, and comms were lost...

Not too bad - over 3 months uptime without a hiccup :)

I'm still halfway through writing up the documentation - it will be linked here when its finished.

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IPSec in FreeBSD

smash smash writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, I've been setting up a wireless link between 2 of our offices at work lately, and I don't trust WEP encryption anymore than I trust Microsoft IIS, so I've been playing with IPSec in tunnel mode under FreeBSD.

Each end of the link is run by a Linksys WAP11 access point, hooked up to a FreeBSD firewall box running IPSec in tunnel mode.

The IPSec documentation is a little confusing on this type of setup, as it goes on about setting up a gif interface to use for tunnelling, however as far as I can see, its not required.

In my situation, instead of setting up a gif interface, I simply ended up using the NIC connected to the wireless bridge in its place - running tcpdump on either end is showing the packets as being ESP encrypted, so as far as I can see it all looks sweet.

Think I'll try putting together some documentation on it and submitting...

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FreeBSD 5.0

smash smash writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, I downloaded and installed FreeBSd 5.0 the other day, and it seems that the installer is a little bit screwy - in particular, it failed to newfs my /var slice, and as a result it wasn't mounted, and /var was unpacked under the root.

I rebooted, manually newfs'd and moved /var from the root to it, but I'm guessing some permissions didn't come across properly, as X, and vi complained about access to /var/tmp.

Couldn't be bothered sorting it out, and went back to 4.7 for the time being...

Think I'll wait for 5.0.1 or 5.1 - some of the new features are very enticing (proper threads, devfs, etc), but for the time being, 4.7 works well enough for me :)

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