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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

udippel Re:Please Stop (273 comments)

[my excuses for being redundant - please mod me down! - but I have to say this to this apologetic (?) parent:]
https://bugs.freedesktop.org/s... is the complete showstopper, not only for me. For the last 2 years, suddenly, SVG, EPS simply do not work anymore, at all. I have hundreds of lecturing slides that from yesterday to tomorrow cannot be shown any longer. And what has been done so far? Read the comments, and read the comments in the dup bug reports.
This isn't as dangerous as the Heartbleed, but similarly without any concern nor consideration by the people in the project. Though they keep rolling out new versions regularly, which have been suffering from this, known, bug for all versions since 4.X.

yesterday
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

udippel Re:LibreOffice (273 comments)

Easy. As much as I hate to say it. https://bugs.freedesktop.org/s... is the complete showstopper, not only for me. For the last 2 years, suddenly, SVG, EPS simply do not work anymore, at all. I have hundreds of lecturing slides that from yesterday to tomorrow cannot be shown any longer. And what has been done so far? Read the comments, and read the comments in the dup bug reports.
This isn't as dangerous as the Heartbleed, but similarly without any concern nor consideration by the people in the project. Though they keep rolling out new versions regularly, which have been suffering from this, known, bug for all versions since 4.X.

yesterday
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

udippel Re:His rant could apply to almost any large projec (301 comments)

What's your intention with your statement? Or didn't you read the whole lot?
There are a number of angles to it; Theo mentioned one only.
Someone who releases a buffer, and then rereads it, hoping to get the same data commits definitively a very major and unforgivable error. And then plug it into one of the basic security-relevant software without testing is irresponsible.

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

udippel Re:Summary. (301 comments)

(Having no mods points as of now)
Your first post is currently 'Troll' (OMG, where have all the competent mods gone!!); and it isn't, this one rather is. Or flamebait. or ...
You know (and explain) the shit that is currently happening. Good. In your first post. Plus a bit of rant, and that's what we expect in here!
The parent, however, is way out of reason. We know what is going on, we know that a proper malloc/free would
  - protect the owner from becoming a pwner
  - reasonably likely result in a crash

Now, what's your fight with Theo based on the fact that Theo has no actual solution to this s**t (I mean, we all agree, there isn't); and then you conclude trying to rubbish a perceived wastage of RAM in exchange for security.

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

udippel Re:not developed by a responsible team? (301 comments)

Not being exactly a friend of Theo (who is??!), I can vouch that I ran 'his' software as long as I was sysadmin on all my servers, and neither ever failed me - except of hardware failure.
Now to the issue that you mention: No, you are alas very wrong; in an engineering sense.
Any complex system, when a responsible for a subsystem is unhappy or lacks confidence in the working of another subsystem, cannot be improved by that person or team circumventing the other subsystem. Out and over.
Example: When I construct the wheel base of a car, I can't add my own brakes or my own electric motors simply because I don't trust the braking system or the engine. Any approach like that is doomed to fail. In software, garbage collection is done, or just not. But it would be ridiculous if everyone wrote her own garbage collection in Java for not trusting what is provided. And so forth ... .

Now, when a team works on OpenSSL, it makes a lot of sense to pass malloc down to the host system. Good, if you really feel that is inadequate, and you overrule it by not free-ing what is free, and your application is all on security (like OpenSSL), then you better confirm 800% that your own solution is totally waterproof.
If we look at what happened, the OpenSSL team contravened both suggestions. This deserves pulling the red card.

about a week ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

udippel Re:Alternatives (240 comments)

Wrong. Only if no client contacts their servers.
And I did that for almost 2 years until I got a client installed to update the zone file regularly, and now this requirement is gone.

about two weeks ago
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EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

udippel Re:He's not the first (111 comments)

Oh, come on! We all know, and you can take an educated guess as well, I'm sure.
It starts by ignoring, if need be lobbying, and - if the latter fails - brown envelopes to the decision makers.
That's what is going to happen next. In this sequence.

about two weeks ago
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EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

udippel Re:Why switch to that Euro-weenie format? (111 comments)

My dear AC, though I usually don't reply to ACs, even less mod up any AC, in this particular case I offer my excuses for having exhausted my mod points very recently.
I really would love to mod you up. Seriously, I did have a good laugh; and I am confident that you were targeting a 'Funny, +5'.
Alas, the mods today are a tad not-so-humorous and that's quite sad. :-(

about two weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

udippel Redundant: This Comment! && This Study! (137 comments)

This comment is just as redundant as the request to the editors to throw garbage like this into the waste-bin instead of treading us to it and waste even more bits.

Correlation is no causation and here Northwestern Medicine ought to pay back the funding and instead be supplied with brown bags for over their heads: "This bag covers gently the red face of someone who bungled it on science"

Yep, this case could make it into a new standard textbook example why correlation is obviously no causation. It is so bloody obvious that even a /.-editor can be expected to understand it. The assumption is really and seriously ridiculous.
Any remnant of common sense teaches any low-IQ person that the light can not have any influence of BMI; be it morning light or late afternoon light. Common sense dictates that the early bird simply favours a lifestyle different from the average late riser.
Nothing to be seen here: You may move on happily! - Northwestern Medicine has actually confirmed that BMI depends to a large extends on someone's lifestyle.

about two weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

udippel Re:That's a bit simplistic... (558 comments)

There is much, much more to the process of professional evaluation and diagnosis than what you describe. The process is a whole lot more rigorous than idle speculation.

May it be as it is or as you describe it.

Fact is, that autism is a fairly recent addition to the spectrum of diseases. Therefore, to start with, the numbers of diagnosed suffers is bound to increase until the last practitioner has been formally educated about it.

Secondly, irrespective of the scientific background, at my age I have seen a number of increases/decreases of 'fashionable' diagnoses. Some 30 years ago, one third of the school kids from where I lived and worked had a paper on them certifying dyslexia. This number peaked, and was followed by around one third of the kids, in the same school, within a few years, to carry a certificate of 'highly gifted'. I for one make this a problem of the parents; not so much on the children.

Thirdly, with all the talk of 'individual' and 'holistic', I actually can perceive (I never bothered to come with with scientific proof) that on the other hand, the personal perspectives tend to become ever more unified, one could say ISO-ised, with a spectrum of ever more uniform expectations of a person growing up. Achievements, career perspectives, financial expectations are ever more tightly knit for the individual. Success, in this sense, is what a society expects it to be. Despite of factual and legal liberties with regards to sexual or religious orientation (to give an example), the day-to-day, worse hour-to-hour expectations get more uniform. Some friends of us noticed this. A girl of 20 is shunned for not putting constantly photos of her daily foods up at that service. Another one is looked down on for riding a push-bike to school. Hell, if I were at that age, I'd either kill myself or exclude myself from all those implicit demands, that are rolling in 24/7. Rolling in constantly only because the world is now connected round the clock.

Fourth, and just to avoid the third to not become too long, who of us haven't been scolded for not answering one's handy?

And here I doubt that science is really objective; nor could it be: a diagnosis of social behaviour must necessarily depend on socio-cultural expectations.
Someone who refuses to participate in the social networks looks pretty much like an autistic personality. Only 20 years ago, had he/she been content with personal conversation, this diagnosis could not have included the notion of 'socially active and approachable 24/7'.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

udippel Re:How can they be certain no one survived? (491 comments)

Yes and no.
The Malaysian government has been embarrassing itself for the last 14+ days. It really, really, wants the thingie being closed. So they are surely premature, with statistics on their side. There is really little chance to survive in raft for 14+ days. Drinking water, anyone?
But mostly, the sea was known to be rough in that area. And without fuel, what a heck of landing would the best pilot be able to achieve in heavy waves? Guaranteed no coordinated exit, no coordinated inflation of life rafts, if at all.
We cannot exclude that one or another person might have actually made it, but chances are slim. And then, sorry to say, it is only fair to finally put an end to all the hopes of the waiting family members and friends, and better say that no survivors can be expected.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

udippel Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

I basically rooting, at this point, for the pilot to be cleared. Because the unwarranted animosity the press showed towards him based on just about 0 evidence

Without wanting to speculate (or flame more speculation) about what actually happened, I hope we can discuss some of your reasoning.
I am open to your arguments, since I can mostly see arguments for the involvement of a trained hand into what happened. Nothing up until now has turned up for a passenger to have undergone the training to navigate the plane nicely around waypoints, make it climb, sink, turn by 180; and at the same time the pilot saying "OK. Good Night." on radio. Electric communications gear being switched off one by one; my god, who would know how to do that; and if, why? Maximum a so-called terrorist. But then, what for? No detour to some Islamic country; seemingly nobody with suspected involvement into ethnic or religious brawls.
Which terrorist would silently and unnoticed and unclaimed, redirect a plane with some 200 people on board over a vast ocean, simply to make it crush in the waves?

I think we can agree that technical failure can be ruled out. A fire on board would not have the pilot say "OK. Good night.". A fire would have the pilot turn towards the next landing strip, and inform the ground to have equipment ready. And if the pilot was incapacitated to trying to bring the plane down safely, there is no reason why this same captain would re-route and detour the same plane around waypoints, make it climb, fall, turn, etc. with a fire burning on his backside.

Let us assume that all communication broke down. This is far-fetched, but why not. Then there was no chance for a Mayday, but since the machine was very navigable, the good captain would have straightforward made it touch down on some airstrip even without permission; flying in on a wide curve. And all traffic control would have cleared the way. On top, it was outside peak hours, in the middle of the night, after 01:00.

And on that fire: the whole thing was flying on nicely, at about the expected speed, for another 4 hours after the turn-around. Couldn't have been much of a fire, after all, can it! I do agree, we can not say anything about the maneuverability during the last hours of MH 370. But at least for some 45 minutes, it was great. It went off flying path NNE over the South China Sea, turning about 90, across the Malaysian peninsula, out to the Andaman Sea, and seemingly another angle very much down south from there.

Anything beyond, any assumption on the plane having been taken over completely in its navigational and communication abilities by some yet unknown force or forces, is too much of a conspiratorial theory to me. Into which I refuse to engage at this moment in time.
And then, sorry to say, almost everything except of a clear motive, point to some deliberate action of the crew or parts thereof.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

udippel Re:The submission looks like a Microsoft advertise (208 comments)

Absolutely!! - Mod one this up; the most insightful comment until here, AFAICS!

Trouble is, being a 100% FOSS-person, there is no close replacement, sorry. Tomboy is comparatively tomfoolery.
Parent is also right about the prohibitive price. OneNote is the only software that I'd say is unavailable on *nix, that I'd really like to have.
My partner is an academician and for her, this software is a must.

Haha, the article says it will be available on *droid, so I'd have it!? Or the usual test or evaluation version? The article states 'free'; okay, we are in /., and in 2014, so the submitters (editors) are much too young to know what 'free' actually means; so it ought to read FOC instead.
I really hope for this to happen!

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

udippel Re:rub things - Major correction applied (208 comments)

I'm sure that you can keep a porn diary in OneNote. Approach your habit as you would an academic discipline, and take notes on videos. Annotate your dickpics. Keep a running bibliography of interesting gurls.

And upload the whole bit to microsoft servers so that you can enjoy a seamless experience on phone, tablet, tv, and laptop.

about 1 month ago
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Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

udippel Re:This could be good news... (241 comments)

Much better performance, no tearing problems, smooth compositing and desktop effects, old legacy X11 crap thrown away.

Are you repeating here what you read up elsewhere, or have you actually suffered from those? Here, none of that has been visible for the last 5 years. On 'normal' desktop applications, I should add. Okay, maybe some tearing, at times, without Vsync. But is this really worthwhile all the fuss? To me not.

about a month ago
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Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

udippel Re:This could be good news... (241 comments)

X is only network transparent if all your apps are from 1995 and are written against Motif. Everything newer than that is not network transparent, it's just shoving uncompressed bitmaps across the network in a highly inefficient wrapper protocol that makes large numbers of inefficient, lag inducing round-trips.

Ooops, this is good for an AC, but bad for the mod who modded up an AC with some unsound feelings.

about a month ago
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Stanford Researchers Spot Medical Conditions, Guns, and More In Phone Metadata

udippel Re:Time Warp in Action! (193 comments)

Hmm. Half whooosh and half 'me no pay money' and see red. So I must be a regular user, or what?
I actually couldn't care less; only noticed the red stuff at times and was wondering ... .
Silly thing, that!

about a month ago
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Stanford Researchers Spot Medical Conditions, Guns, and More In Phone Metadata

udippel Time Warp in Action! (193 comments)

Subscribers get to see an article in red before it posts. Sometimes regular users do too, right before it posts.

In other words: Users tend to see an article before it is posted. Ahem.
It must be the logic of the third Millennium that escapes my ancient brain.

about a month ago

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Which language for a beginner's course Procedural Programming for engineers?

udippel udippel writes  |  about a year and a half ago

udippel (562132) writes "I have been tasked to develop a beginner's course titled 'Procedural Programming' for the faculty of engineering. The 'desired' language is C. While I see many reasons for everyone to know this language, I still feel — and know from earlier experience teaching it — that its imperative character down to the gory details (data types, declaration, lack of strings, difficult syntax, etc.) tends to get in the way of actually drilling down into the basic concepts of procedural (functional) programming.
I for one imagine that Python or even xxsh can significantly simplify the 'syntax hurdle' and instead offer much more space for the procedural aspects. How do you perceive these thoughts; can you provide arguments for or against C, respectively suggest another language?"
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Free alternatives for a Forefront Authentication ?

udippel udippel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

udippel (562132) writes "Working in a university, to me, it looks as if recently our bean-counters were convinced by some Microsoft-Sales-Drone that Forefront would finally be the answer to their prayers.
Since then, there is no Internet access to any student or staff, if not logged on to a Microsoft Domain of our institution, with NTLMv2, etc., blabla. Meaning, that we, the non-Microsofties, would not get any more software, be it Ubuntu, *BSD, or MAC. But even the users of Windows would not get updates or packages for, e.g. LaTex or R.
So what we have thought of, is to propose to the management a sensible alternative. We do understand the need to authenticate users one way or another; there are just too many crooks and free-riders around. Now my question to the crowd: What do you suggest to propose in order to authenticate users, but with a cross-platform authentication method? Radius, Kerberos, or ??. My question: How do the people of the Slashdot-community solve the problem of authenticating users across platforms? And not relying on plaintext, simple Myplace123-passwords?"
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FreeBSD trivial ROOT, first on 6.X, now on 7.X

udippel udippel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

udippel (562132) writes "The Register made some headlines [theregister.co.uk] first, scary. There is a video [vimeo.com] that demos how to compile a small program; or upload it to your unprivileged shell, or exploit some scripting on a web server to get some shell, for example the one needed to send out mail, and off you go. Since it is the exploit of a race condition, the whole system could as well crash or hang. In its article, The Register still says "Versions 7.1 and and beyond are not vulnerable". Just one day later, the author uploaded another video [vimeo.com], demonstrating the whole process another time, this time for FreeBSD 7.2.
Scary. I start to question FOSS, and wonder, how few cold eyes have reviewed this code, overlooking a NULL-dereference plus a race condition.
Icing on the cake: Przemyslaw Frasunek, who discovered the misery, duly informed FreeBSD on August 29th; but his message, so the FreeBSD guys, "got lost in the slew".
Is this the kind of OS we will gladly recommend for security-related applications?"

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FreeBSD trivial ROOT, first on 6.X, now on 7.X, to

udippel udippel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

udippel (562132) writes "The Register made some headlines first, scary. There is a video video that demos how to compile a small program; or upload it to your unprivileged shell, or exploit some scripting on a web server to get some shell, for example the one needed to send out mail, and off you go. Since it is the exploit of a race condition, the whole system could as well crash or hang. In the article, The register still says "Versions 7.1 and and beyond are not vulnerable". Just one day later, the author uploaded another video, demonstrating the whole process another time, this time for FreeBSD 7.2."
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Bio-Fuel for Jet(pod) from waste cooking oil

udippel udippel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

udippel (562132) writes "Some Boffins claim to have a process to turn waste palm-based cooking oil into bio-fuel to energise small aircraft of the type Jetpod. According to the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) has developed the new jet-fuel based on one of the major export commodities of Malaysia, palm oil, during the last 6 years. Avcen will try the new fuel within 3 months time. The production time from waste coking oil to jet-fuel takes less than 30 minutes, confirms the Vice-Chancellor of Uniten, Dr. Mashkuri. The Jetpod will be used as executive jet, military support aircraft, courier and air ambulance. It is estimated that more than two billion litres of palm-based vegetable cooking oil is consumed annually in Malaysia and the high volume is usually discarded into rivers, which eventually leads to environmental pollution and disruption in the eco-system. The biodiesel developed is said to fulfill the standard of the United States' National Biodiesel Board. "Uniten knows how to mass-produce the oil using the microwave technology and this is the technology we are interested in" said the inventor of the Jetpod

Sounds almost too good: fry your dinner and then pour the waste oil into your fly-machine for the way home, where you can take a swim in unpolluted waters in front of your home."
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udippel udippel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

udippel (562132) writes "DELL has made up his / their minds: It is going to be Ubuntu, tells us The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/01/dell_linux _lives/ Nothing much to be added, except that I hope it will come out a great success; for Ubuntu as well as DELL. Hey, I also hope that the boxes then will be delivered with 100% Linux-kernel compatible hardware; able to run other distros just as well. And I wonder how DELL is going to sort the support nightmare that IMHO will creep up."
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udippel udippel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The-Sun-is-shining-on-the-world-of-GPL (562132) writes "SUN implies the coming of a GPLv3-ed OpenSolaris. So reports eWEEK.
That can have wide implications in the world of Free Software. And in the world of Open Software as well.
Especially if Linus keeps insisting on 'hot air': http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/16/ 1446258
Will Paul Murphy http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/31/018 218 be proven correct at the end of 2007 ?

"Sun Microsystems is set to license OpenSolaris under the upcoming GNU General Public License Version 3 in addition to the existing Common Development and Distribution License, sources close to the company have told eWEEK.
OpenSolaris currently is licensed only under Sun's CDDL, but company executives have previously floated the idea of a dual license with GPLv3.
Sources told eWEEK that this is very likely to happen after the release of that version of the GPL, which currently is being rewritten and is expected to be made final soon."

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2084284,00.as p"
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udippel udippel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Get-me-one-of-those-please-noooot ! (562132) writes "A bad apple — "You purchased a bad apple in the wrong country — bad luck for you !"
We have many fanboys of Apple and many fans of its services. Though, this might have more to do with being in the US and strict consumer satisfaction tradition. Elsewhere, they don't seem to take things so customer-friendly. Beware buying a rotten Apple in South-East-Asia ! You might as well get the confirmation from Apple that your machine has a 'manufacturing defect' and that they would undertake some effort to repair it — during the warranty period, that is. If this does not lead to a functional system, you've gambled — and lost.
Thus we can read from a very happy customer here: http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/61154"
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udippel udippel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

udippel (562132) writes "Huh, for you to know. You'll reject this probably as usual; and actually, the honour to submit this news should be given to a developer. But at least, I'll do my duties as slashdot reader and so you may do yours and pull the flush. As usual."

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