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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

styrotech Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (325 comments)

Perhaps this class of attack works against ksh as well?

Apparently ksh was where bash originally got the idea about exportable functions from.

2 days ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

styrotech Re:Well of course. (356 comments)

Respectable physicists are only "mad" because they never got invited to the right sort of parties.

about a week ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

styrotech Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

More than 19 out of 20 people killed on the job in America are men - are we interested in squaring that up as well?

Sure, why not?

Decrease the men's fatality rate down the women's rate. That would be a good thing right?

Or are you comfortable that so many men get killed at work? Is it just the price we pay for profits or something?

about a week ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

styrotech Re:What happened to Debian? (394 comments)

Getting bullied by Canonical makes loads of sense, but I don't like it one bit.

You need to look into it deeper. It didn't happen that way at all.

Canonical wanted Debian to pick upstart (naturally as it was their software). Once Debian chose systemd though and with RHEL already switching away from upstart to systemd, Canonical felt that being left as the only distro still using upstart wasn't tenable any more. Staying aligned with Debian was more important than getting what they wanted.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

styrotech Re:DAESH, not ISIL (475 comments)

No, but I have never seen a suicide bomber that was anything other than Muslim.

Kamikazes? Tamil Tigers? I'm sure there are plenty of other examples.

about a week ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

styrotech Re:Why not 16? (105 comments)

I would have thought a 16 core config would be an efficient number.

You may have noticed these are server chips. Intel is now doing the equivalent of ECC with its CPUs - every 9th core is a parity core. There are effectively only 16 cores.

about three weeks ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

styrotech Re:1 week's warning (68 comments)

What if we had 1 week warning of the dinosaur-killer?

Well personally, assuming that there was no safe place to send them, I'd take the week off work and spend it with my dinosaurs just to let them know how much I appreciated my time with them.

I'd probably need a little more time off work after that too. Thankfully my boss is pretty generous with bereavement leave.

about three weeks ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

styrotech Re:JAVA (230 comments)

Apache Struts, Tomcat, and elasticsearch (mentioned in the summary) are all written in java.
To me, that indicates a JAVA vulnerability, not a Linux vulnerability.

Or more likely a bug in an Apache Commons library they all use.

eg Struts is from Apache, Tomcat is from Apache, Elasticsearch is based on Lucene which is also from Apache.

about a month ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

styrotech Re:They will just cheat anyway (322 comments)

Ukraine disarmed. First nation to do so in the history of nuclear weapons.

I thought that was South Africa?

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

styrotech Re:What's so American (531 comments)

Is there a Marxist equivalent of Godwins Law?

about a month ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

styrotech Re:Switching to Libreoffice? (190 comments)

I'm a little scared to think of what "Spreadsheet" means in that context.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

styrotech Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

Agreed. On my laptop with an SSD, the non systemd OS boots faster than it takes to get through the BIOS stuff.

And as for servers, they can take fucking ages to get through all their BIOS/BMC/RAID controller etc bullshit. Shaving a few seconds off the OS boot time is irrelevant as it's by far the quickest part - especially if the actual services themselves take ages to start (bloody Java).

about a month ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

styrotech Re:hmm... (511 comments)

It bugs me that we're using words like "hip" and "cool" to describe programming languages. That anyone would choose to learn (or use) a language on the basis of it being "hip" is dumb. I'm looking at you, Ruby.

Heh, I think that crowd has mostly moved on to Go (via Node for some of the earlier ones).

about a month ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

styrotech Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (305 comments)

Did I miss the part where the human race had a miraculous breakthrough in fusion technology?

Maybe not miraculous breakthroughs, but we've been getting better at directly utilising our only currently usable fusion reactor.

Then again it is ultimately responsible for nearly all our other energy sources too.

about a month and a half ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

styrotech Re:Some of us do still assemble, even now (294 comments)

Yeah, I skimmed the list and there were only a few things that were newer than 5 years old. Docker definitely, node.js is maybe 5yrs old already (but that looks like it peaked - the cool kids have already moved on). Chef is already about 5 years old and Puppet is already much older (and that's ignoring much older config management tools).

about a month and a half ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

styrotech Re:obviously a NATO plot (582 comments)

This is some of the drivel being spread around by conspiracy theorists, russian shills and russian conspiracy theorist shills.

Don't forget all the ones with an Su25 being involved in shooting it down (haha).

I love how all these conspiracy nuts paint the US govt as some scheming Machiavellian mastermind, when the reality is that they keep getting caught unprepared with their pants down whenever some unanticipated international development happens.

Ahhh but the nutjobs will claim "that it is all part of the deception!"

about 2 months ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

styrotech Re:A whole lot of Aggie (192 comments)

Do I have to go to the Urban Dictionary to find out what "blittin'" means? My guess is it's something dirty.

You got it. It's a bit like peeking and poking but much faster and involves extra hardware.

about 2 months ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

styrotech A whole lot of Aggie (192 comments)

ba de ba de ba de dah

Wanna tell you story
About woman I know
When it comes to blittin'
She steals the show
She ain't exactly pretty
Ain't exactly small
Eighty Three Seventy Two A B
You could say she's got it all

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

styrotech Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

the BUK system is equipped with a civilian transponder safety lock which has to be manually disabled before a missile can be fired at an aircraft showing a civilian IFF.

One plausible (but possibly wrong) explanation I heard was that the radar on the launcher vehicle is really just turned on for targeting after proper identification, and that the search radars normally on the other vehicles are used for identification and have the transponder detection bits.

They must spread em out like that to lessen the chances of the launcher being detected and targeted.

The rebels (and their Russian handlers?) might only have had the launcher vehicle to work with. The Ukrainian surveillance photos I've seen only seem to show the launcher. Of course that doesn't rule out the other vehicles being there too.

But if the other radars were actually present, then it really does look deliberate or at least incredibly incompetent for them to think it was a military plane.

about 2 months ago

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