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Stealthy Linux Trojan May Have Infected Victims For Years

staalmannen Re:Well (129 comments)

There has been plenty of people here who have claimed that Linux and open source provide an architecture which is by design more resilient against malware than proprietary solutions.

It is. That is why a Linux malware get to be news whereas yet another Windows malware does not register above the noise as news because there are so damn many of them. The same thing with the Bash, GnuTLS, OpenSSL etc vulnerabilities. "More resilient" does not mean immune - claiming immiunity would just be silly. News of Critical Vulnerabilities in Windows are about as frequent as every Patch Tuesday.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

staalmannen Re: WINE (104 comments)

No ofcourse not. I was more thinking of the WINEPREFIX part ... And perhaps greater legacy win16/win32 compatibility than that found in Windows.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

staalmannen WINE (104 comments)

Would it not have made more sense to port wine to windows and make portable apps in the form of a WINEPREFIX?

about 2 months ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

staalmannen Time to prune the systems of bashisms (329 comments)

I have re-linked /bin/sh to another light-weight minimalistic shell and I use another sell as cli. Despite this, it is nearly impossible to completely remove Bash from a GNU/Linux system (Arch in my case) because several critical components depend on Bash (either simply by calling #!/bin/bash instead of sh or by depending on bash-specific functionality). Getting rid of those dependencies would give the user freedom to choose any sh-compatible shell. One reason this bash bug and the openssl bug before it are so devastating is that those two implementations are so ubiquitous. If each component in a system is easily replaceable with an alternative implementation, the impact would be far smaller. I fear a future systemd vulnerability....

about 3 months ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

staalmannen Bash a bad fit for osx (208 comments)

What Apple does (keeping an ancient non-gpl3 version of bash as primary shell) seems to be the worst possible solution. There are several powerful shells with liberal licences that would fit osx better: zsh (very powerful, globbing and spelling correction), mksh (light and fast but still full of features) or perhaps for the easy-to-use philosophy: fish. Osx already diverges significantly from other *nixes (case-insensitive, binary format, ...) so keeping bash for legacy support sounds strange - and if important they could just make it an optional install like in most BSDs...

about 3 months ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

staalmannen Re: min install (221 comments)

A nice alternative is Alpine linux which feels a lot like Arch but uses openrc init, grsec kernel and musl libc. To make it even lighter, busybox is the default userland ( but coreutils is an option). It is apparently well suited as a minimal secute Xen host.

about 2 months ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

staalmannen modifications I would like (68 comments)

Point 1 and 2 on my list would be UV and IR vision

about 3 months ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

staalmannen Re: Hydra... specifically? (185 comments)

That is not how evolution works. We do not decend from any currently living species, we just share common ancestors and if you go far enough back in time we are related to everything living on Earth. Studies of distant relative animals ("basal metazoans") and finding similarities to us indicate that our last common ancestor had those features.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

staalmannen Re: Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

In Samsungs case, switching from FAT or exFAT to F2FS and provide drivers for Windows and OSX would make sense. Windows users are used to having to install specialized drivers for peripherals anyway...

about 5 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

staalmannen Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

I still hope that the plasma desktop from KF5 finally will make KDE a real shell replacement on Windows. There is experimental support for this in the KDE4 builds, but as I have understood it KF5/Qt5 will enhance support significantly. If this is the case I will definitely put KDE on every machine when people want me to "fix" their Windows 8 machines (and refuse a proper OS).

about 5 months ago
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First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

staalmannen Re: Other OS's (101 comments)

I want to check if it builds on Plan9 APE. There is an old openssl port, but when I tried a more recent one it choked (lots of symlinks generated during configure, not supported on Plan9)

about 5 months ago
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How Predictable Is Evolution?

staalmannen Re: Bah (209 comments)

not imaginative enough. Life in outer space would be less similar to us than bacteria on Earth is (so bird-like and octupus like is too "tellocentric"). Having said that, certain body plans are likely to reoccur like light sensors (eyes have developed several times independently on Earth) likely close to the proccesing unit ("brain", could also be distributed like in an octopus) and feeding organs.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

staalmannen Alpine linux (533 comments)

I am currently playing around with Alpine linux, musl libc + busybox + openrc. I like it a lot - a binary package management similar to Arch linux.

about 7 months ago
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Lumina: PC-BSD's Own Desktop Environment

staalmannen Re: Why? (148 comments)

Enlightenment and EFL are bsd licensed and there are several others, like dwm, are permissively licensed

about 8 months ago
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Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

staalmannen Re:Zombie plants? (38 comments)

Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better. More creative. Like all serial killers, she can't help but the urge to want to get caught. But what good are all those brilliant crimes if no one takes the credit? So she leaves crumbs. Now the hard part, while you spent decades in school, is seeing the crumbs for the clues they are. Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus, turns out to be the chink in its armor. And she loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths. She's a bitch. -Fassbach, World War Z

In this case, she is a Cereal killer

about 8 months ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

staalmannen Re:Different views on a free market (223 comments)

Standards is just one of the regulations in place to ensure a Free market (a market with choice for the consumer). In terms of ISPs it could be that there would be antitrust regulations and requirements that competing companies should be able to sell their services over the exising connections. Ideally the "network providers" and "service providers" are kept sepparate, and the "network providers" only billing the "service providers". This is how stuff works with electricity and gas, at least in the 2 countries where I have lived.

about 8 months ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

staalmannen Different views on a free market (223 comments)

I often see to very different views on the concept of a free market. One is "free from intervention" and is producer-focused, which often leads to one or a few domninant players due to network effects and/or scale advantages. The second one can be interpreted as "optimal competition" and is consumer-focused, where regulations (antitrust, enforced standards, consumer protection etc) try to make sure that the consumer always has a choice and that a market can not stagnate into its stable state of one or a few dominant players. I think the telecom market in the US vs EU (and probably most of the world) is a good example. In most places, the government has mandated a single standard (for example GSM) and rules for roaming on a network. This has led to a big market of small service providers on a few networks (there is for example stiff competition on prepaid SIMs). What I have understood from the US, differing standards between the providers coupled with a subsidized payment plan for the phone effectively causes a lock-in situation for the consumer. I am definitely leaning in favour of the "optimal competition" interpretation of a free market (how can a market be free if the consumer does not have a choice?).

about 8 months ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

staalmannen Re:Compared to Bionic (134 comments)

also klibc and newlib could be interesting. Newlib especially since it is used for its portability and to make experimental OSes, klibc for being extremely small and minimal

about 9 months ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

staalmannen Re:Either gnu libc is hideously slow and bloated.. (134 comments)

It might be easier to add than to remove, leading to bloat over time and glibc has been around for a while. Also, building on old code might mean that you are limited in what you can change. For example, the modular design of LLVM has been a pretty big success and is considered easier to work with/develop than gcc. For musl, I think they have decided to remove all legacy stuff + non-standard extensions.

about 9 months ago

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