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Fedora 21 Released

thule Re:It has systemd? (106 comments)

It does, and I like it so far. It's been in Fedora for a while now.

about two weeks ago
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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

thule Re:Easy (135 comments)

If only every city worked where you live! Bring on the competition.

about a month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

thule Old narrative Google Wallet is a failure (631 comments)

.. new narrative: Those evil retailers hate Apple and the credit card companies.

I always found it amusing that articles used to say that Google didn't know what it is doing with NFC or that NFC is lame. Some articles stated that NFC isn't good enough for Apple, but if Apple did NFC they'd win. The problem is that those articles focused on the technology and not the true gatekeepers. The gatekeepers are the credit card companies and the retailers. A person can't use NFC if there are no NFC terminals. There are few NFC terminals because there is not reason to have them. Some companies that issued NFC plastic stopped doing so because there just wasn't demand.

Now we have a liability shift deadline fast approaching. Terminals must support EMV. It's not surprising that many EMV terminals also support NFC. But who made that happen? The liability shift. Not Apple. Not Google.

So now we have a perfect storm. We have a company that is great at marketing their new NFC tech. People finally become aware of NFC around the time that banks are reissuing their cards with chips in them. We have a way for phones to easily participate in EMV transactions wirelessly. We also have a consortium of companies about to launch a mobile payment system. Who has the most power in this? They are going to shut that interface door and be the gatekeepers for mobile payments. Then they can focus on the real war. Not a war between Apple and Google, but a war between retailers and the credit card companies.

There are still ways to get around this and have "mobile payments" tied to your phone that will work anywhere. Someone needs to make EMV adapters for phones. Or maybe "Plastc" will go big. But either one of those things is too high a bar for most people. They'd rather just pull the plastic out of their pocket.

about 2 months ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

thule Re:Easily done: (331 comments)

Even assuming this is true, how many averted robberies are worth the loss of a human life? One? a hundred? a thousand? How many averted crimes are worth the 100 children that are accidentally killed by guns each year?

Clearly cars should be banned. What about swimming pools? I sure there are a ton of things that have value even if somehow people loose their life because those things exist

In the case of firearms, the police have no legal obligation to protect you. This has been upheld in court. This goes back to common law (aka "God given" right) for the right to protect yourself. Not a civil right, that can be taken away. We have a natural right to protect ourselves. That includes the use of firearms.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

thule Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

Yeah, because peering sucks. It will be the ruin of the Internet! Nevermind that peering saved the Internet when people were predicting the Internet would crash in the late 90's early 2000's.

Peering cuts both ways. A company like Netflix wants to reduce their cost of transit by peering. But then they have to make sure all those peering points are up to snuff. The mistake Netflix made was to let some other company handle peering for them. A company that had existing settlement free agreements with the target networks.

I suppose Netflix could have backed off and gone pure transit, but it would have created other problems.

about 2 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

thule Re:If the libs are for it... (283 comments)

Exactly! I strongly believe it will only make lobbying far worse. More concentrated power == more big money lobbying. It will only lead to more corruption. If people want change, work at the city level. Get them to make it easier to companies to wire up the city.

about 3 months ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

thule Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

I know people think Apple invented NFC payments, but they didn't. This is NOT unique to Apple Pay. Apple Pay is an implementation of a standard. Google Wallet is an implementation of the same standard. Either way, the vendor/POS terminal does NOT get the CC# during the transaction.

about 3 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

thule CoreOS (403 comments)

CoreOS uses systemd. RedHat has nothing to do with CoreOS. CoreOS makes use of systemd via a program called 'fleet'. The program manages a cluster of containers. Pretty cool stuff. Fleet is not the only program to do this. RedHat created geard that also uses systemd for container management. Systemd is actually pretty useful in a server.

about 3 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

thule Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (403 comments)

I still use it. It works for me. I like the clean interface. I like the search function (tracker). I like the way it integrates with OwnCloud (really easy). I just like the overall feel of the environment. Way better than OpenWindows or CDE. BTW, I'm not a new Linux user. I started with Linux and fvwm sometime around 1993-1994. I started out on Yggdrasil and Slackware and whatever "distro" I downloaded off a BBS in 1992 (but didn't really do anything with it other than boot it up).

about 3 months ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

thule CoreOS uses systemd (221 comments)

You may be right, but I wonder if the author of the article is aware that one of the leading cloud friendly distros, CoreOS, uses systemd. If fact, systemd is an integral part of fleet:

With fleet, you can treat your CoreOS cluster as if it shared a single init system. It encourages users to write applications as small, ephemeral units that can easily migrate around a cluster of self-updating CoreOS machines.

RedHat's geard, which is part of OpenShift, also uses systemd.

It seems to me that the opposite is happening, cloud ready distros are choosing systemd.

about 3 months ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

thule Re:And we're surprised why? (392 comments)

Exactly. BUT I will say with a company a person can quit or stop purchasing the companies products. Government? Not so much.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

thule Re:Scan here for a free 'whatever' sucker. (730 comments)

No meaning? Look up CVC3 security. Apple did nothing new here. It is all standard. It just works because the credit card companies have been building this stuff up for years and years. You don't have to know about the counter, it is there to prevent cloning.

What if you decrement? That is the whole point! You can't clone a transaction! Even if you get the CC number, the counter would prevent it from being used. This is a low level security measure that makes NFC payments more secure than magstripe. It is a good thing. I'm happen that Apple finally added NFC.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

thule Re:Scan here for a free 'whatever' sucker. (730 comments)

NFC has a counter feature as part of the standard. Each time a credit card number is used, the counter goes up one. This is to prevent a replay attach. The problem is you can't take a plastic credit card with NFC and put that number into the phone and expect the counter to work correctly. Use the phone, the counter goes up, use the plastic, the counter goes up. Use the phone again, counter is wrong. To fix this problem, Google creates a new credit card number for tap and pay. Apple says they go one step further and create a new number for each transaction. That seems to go a bit further than needed. The counter would prevent replay attacks since this virtual card would only be used for tap and pay. I just wonder if the wording by Apple today was slightly off. Just a guess.

The main point is what Apple was doing is, by and large, standard stuff. Both Google and Apple just implemented a standard. Yeah, a few tweaks here and there, but it is certainly now revolutionary!

about 3 months ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

thule Re:systemd is for desktops? (282 comments)

Exactly. It makes no sense. The author of the article states the idea came from his article on systemd. Eh? I'm not sure he is saying that systemd is for desktops or servers. He never says if systemd is useful at all. Things like geard (RedHat/OpenShift) and fleetd (CoreOS) specifically use systemd to orchestrate container deployments. Cool stuff.

about 3 months ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

thule systemd is for desktops? (282 comments)

RedHat 7 ships with systemd. But, but, but, we all know that RedHat totally and completely abandoned the desktop years ago.

So we have two options. Either systemd is not just for desktops or RedHat never completely abandoned the desktop. Either way, there is no need to split distros. RedHat does provide a nice tool called 'tuned' that helps tweak kernel and system parms for desired load.

about 3 months ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

thule Re:Do you Slashdoters really use Fedora? (170 comments)

Then I guess I'm not in my right mind.

I like Fedora a lot. I like the desktop environment (Gnome3 has really grown on me). Fedora moves at a decent clip to track with the latest and greatest without a lot of hassle. I have always liked RedHat/Fedora's PXE/kickstart installer. I like the big projects RedHat/Fedora is working on like FreeIPA, OpenStack packaging, GFS2, KVM, OpenLMI, CloudForms, and oVirt. RedHat has spent a lot of money buying some of the companies that created some of that software and the turn around and open source all of it. FreeIPA is a big one. A seriously great project that took old code from Sun/Netscape and made it usable.

I know the big gripe is systemd, but so far I like it. It makes writing start/stop/status configuration easy and reliable.

about 3 months ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

thule Re:Troll much? (613 comments)

Did you know that systemd will run standard sysV scripts? You could have done that. If you were making your own script. I don't know why you would want to make your own script since the package includes one.

Did you notice the line above ExecStart? EnvironmentFile= points to a possible place that IRQBALANCE_ARGS is located. This is a normal place for things like that in a RedHat/CentOS/Fedora system. Nothing new here.

Since you wanted apache to start up at boot, did you try '/sbin/chkconfig httpd on'? This is the normal RHEL/Fedora way. It will *tell* you the systemd way when you run it on a systemd system (Note: Forwarding request to 'systemctl enable httpd.service'.)

Maybe you aren't familiar with the RHEL tools and filesystem layout?

about 4 months ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

thule Re:Development cycle (232 comments)

RedHat has options for you. There is Software Collections that package multiple versions of python and ruby. The versions can be pivoted at will. Then there is Docker in RHEL7 which allows shipping of containers as apps. Not to mention Fedora is heavily supported by RedHat and offers very recent packaging of almost everything.

about 4 months ago

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Level 3 wants to make peering a net neutrality issue

thule thule writes  |  about 9 months ago

thule (9041) writes "A story at gigaom talks about how Level 3 is trying to pull peering into the net neutrality issue. Regulating peering could hamper how the Internet is interconnected. IMHO, turning it into a bureaucratic mess. Should peering be regulated?"
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How most games are like the Pussycat Dolls

thule thule writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thule writes "joystiq interviews Trent Reznor. Trent is a huge fan of Nintendo because, as he puts it, Nintendo makes games into timeless art. He compares most of the "gaming industry" to the music industry and most games — that people consider hardcore — to the Pussycat Dolls."
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