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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

smash seriously... this is news? (323 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.

2 days ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:it solves some unicode issues (771 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 two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:Why do people care so much? (771 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 two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

smash so.... (578 comments)

They are only hiring confessed music/tv pirates now?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:UseLessD (771 comments)

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

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:UseLessD (771 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 two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:it solves some unicode issues (771 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 two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:it solves some unicode issues (771 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 two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:Why do people care so much? (771 comments)

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

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:Glad I don't run Linux (771 comments)

FreeBSD is my choice of BSD, it's a little more versatile and better supported in my opinion.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:Why do people care so much? (771 comments)

What is starting processes isn't so much the issue. The issue is that systemd is demanding major changes of other software to work with it, and this is then making this software non-portable. e.g., Gnome 3.

People don't want to run Linux everywhere. Despite what some people think it is not always the best fit. There are other Unix platforms which fit better. Platforms that have had application compatibility with Linux up to this point. systemd has changed this. Changes to Gnome to work with systemd for example have made it non-portable to other platforms.

This is a problem for anyone who wants to say, develop a cross platform gnome3 application.

That, and there are the corruptable binary logs, the solution to which in the bug report is to "just delete them" and the bug has been closed as won't fix. Sorry, but if this is the resposne to journal corruption rather than finding out WHY the journals get corrupted and fixing the fuckign problem, then i do not want that in control of my logfiles.

Also, the massive violation of the KISS principle that has been a core guiding principle of Unix design since the start.

Systemd is a poor solution to a non-problem. There are plenty of other problems to tackle first, before trashing and re-writing working, well debugged code and breaking cross platform compatibility for no good reason.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:at some point it isnt linux anymore. (771 comments)

Pretty much. There is plenty of stuff in Linux that needs fixing far more than the "problems" that systemd is attacking.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:it solves some unicode issues (771 comments)

Because time and again, Lennart and the systemd team have demonstrated that bug fixes in their software are not a priority, compatibility with applications is not a priority, and by re-writing something that works you inevitably introduce new bugs.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

smash Re:UseLessD (771 comments)

Or you could use what we've been using for the past 20-30 years that has been debugged, proven to work and not completely different to the rest of the world.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

smash Re:No sensible person ever though it was impossibl (174 comments)

You forgot: mod_cgi needs to be manually turned on in the web server also. If you're running php instead, you are not vulnerable (which makes a change).

about three weeks ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

smash Re:Exploit that only affects Mac and Linux (174 comments)

I like how slashdot are making out that this is more of an apple problem when perhaps 0.0001% of apple users are even running a web server and most of those are using php and not mod_cgi, the dhcp client is not vulnerable, etc.

Yet Linux with dhcp client vulnerable and a whole slew of other system utilities potential vulnerable due to using bash everywhere to glue tools together is given a pass.

bash still isn't fixed properly yet, and until it is, any linux box with a dynamic IP address sis potentially at risk.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

smash Re:that was fast (174 comments)

No, the OS X dhcp client is not hacked together with shell scripts.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

smash Re:that was fast (174 comments)

You men the mac servers that don't run mod_cgi?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

smash Re:that was fast (174 comments)

Apple are likely more concerned with breaking apps that may depend on certain behaviour and actually QA testing their shit before putting it out to 100 million users or so and dealing with the fall out from "it just works" breaking. Linux is an entirely different kettle of fish, where breaking people's shit because you don't like company X or you have an ideology conflict is "acceptable".

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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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  |  about 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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