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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.

5 days ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

thule CoreOS (395 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 a week ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

thule Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (395 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 a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

thule Re:Abandoning Desktop was a BIG Mistake for RedHat (232 comments)

PPA's are similar to adding a -release package to Fedora/RedHat/CentOS. So for example, I was to add EPEL to my repos. I just click on the epel-release rpm and it installs it. I'm not so hip on the Software Center. I like to stick to core debian tools when using a .deb-base system.

about a month ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

thule Re:Red Hat distribution. (232 comments)

We are an agile shop. We have pair programming, continuous integration, and continuous delivery to AWS. The pipeline runs RedHat. We have also have some CentOS.

Fedora is not a bone, it is a great way to know what is coming in RHEL. CentOS (which RedHat supports) is a great server distro for everyone.

about a month ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

thule Re:Red Hat move too slowly (232 comments)

CentOS is great! They have done a great service to the Linux world. Even more awesome is that RedHat now supports the project!

about a month ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

thule Docker & RedHat's Software Collections (232 comments)

The tension is stability versus the latest tech. RedHat purposely moves very, very slowly. The same can be said about Debian stable. As an admin I like slow moving targets. The problem is that developers want to use the latest stuff. So what does RedHat do about this? I think they are trying to solve it in two ways. First is their Software Collections. These are packages that site outside the base OS and are easy to pivot to the newer version. This allows for multiple versions of things like Python to be installed in parallel. Very handy!

Another thing that is helping quite a bit is Docker. RedHat is big on Docker. By packaging containers as apps, this allows a developer to easily control the dependencies outside of the OS that the app is running on. This makes everyone happy! Fedora is tracking some interesting tooling with Docker (geard, os-tree).

I like that RedHat tries to solve bigger problems than just packing and releasing a distro. They are trying to make things manageable (see FreeIPA, OpenLMI, RDO, CloudForms, oVirt)

Personally, I like RedHat. I like Debian. I run Fedora on my desktop and notebook. I maintain a CI/CD pipeline on RedHat at work. I never jumped on the Ubuntu bandwagon. It seems to me that Ubuntu has made quite a few more mis-steps in their short existence than RedHat has over the years. I get the feeling that a lot of people are just dropping back to Debian, which is just fine with me!

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

thule Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

Thanks for this! Both you and the previous poster explaining BGP. So many people have misconceptions on how the Internet works. Then there is the added complexity of business.

I really proves nothing that Netflix over a VPN is faster than without a VPN. We already know Verizon-Level3 peering is saturated. Both sides have admitted it. It comes down to how to solve the problem. It is not a technical problem. It is a business problem

So what if Level3 offers to pay for the upgraded link. If the existing agreement is settlement-free upgrading the link will likely push the traffic exchange outside the agreement. So if Level3 starts sending more traffic than it received from Verizon, then they should pay Verizon for transit of that traffic. Verizon has probably told them that. Level3 comes back and says, "But we'll pay for the upgraded equipment." Verizon says, "So what? If the traffic isn't equal, then you pay." And on and on it goes. So, as stated above, the best thing to do is for Netflix to create peering connections with Verizon that have no expectation of equal traffic. They will have to pay Verizon for these connections.

This is NOTHING new people. This is how the Internet has always worked.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

thule Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

That is exactly why I don't think complaining to the FCC will solve the problem. Just the opposite, it could make it much worse. It is much better to work at the local level. Push for more competition at the local level. Not city owned fiber, but companies like Google that can come in a put in their own fiber. This is where the real action is.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

thule Re:Farmers also not sure of the whole sun centered (567 comments)

Actually... successful farmers do need to keep up with the latest and greatest and evaluate cost/benefit of those advances. I really hate that people think that farmers are idiots. The ones that are, went out of business years ago.

about 3 months ago

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Level 3 wants to make peering a net neutrality issue

thule thule writes  |  about 6 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  |  about 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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