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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

unixisc Re:Unity is Crap (105 comments)

So this version w/ small changes doesn't have Mir as yet?

yesterday
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

unixisc Re:Newton anyone? (84 comments)

Yeah, but w/ automotive, one wouldn't get the volumes that one would need to have fabs running that could profitably turn out quality chips, the way Intel does. That's why automotive chips are priced high - w/ the specs that they use, there is a huge fallout per wafer, which gets factored into the cost of the chips. To be profitable, Freescale would have needed to produce G4s and successor chips that Apple needed. Maybe they could have explored the multi-core strategy just like Intel did, and turn things up that way.

Alpha's problem was that they were running Intel binaries via FX!32, which is why performance was bound to suck. That's different w/ Freescale - once OS-X was available on it, it was native - it wasn't running 68k or x86 in emulation. So the challenge before Freescale was to step up performance within the power budgets. They could have done that w/ a multi core approach, since SMP is something that Mach/BSD and therefore OS-X did support.

2 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

unixisc Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

Cold War era, Syria was a major weapons client of the Soviets. Major reason was that they were the only ones in an active war against Israel, which had both its own, and US weaponry. The Soviets wanted to see how they do in battle, and 1983 was when they got to see it. Of course, a good part of it has to do with the personnel - while the Israelis may have creamed the Syrians, the Indians, w/ Soviet weaponry as well, was usually on top of Pakistan.

Iran wasn't a client of the Soviets during the Khomenei regime. It became that after Iraq's military got decimated, since the Soviets needed replacement sales, and ideology was no longer a stumbling block b/w Teheran and Moscow once the Soviet Union collapsed. China was a client very early, but after the Sino-Soviet rift, they drifted apart, and China makes its own weapons.

India's primary arms partner since the fall of the Soviets has been Israel

2 days ago
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

unixisc Re:Emacs OS (154 comments)

Actually, it sounds more like the complete system to put on top of HURD, once that project has a stable microkernel. How's that going, btw?

The web browser that Emacs now includes - is it linq, or is it epiphany/GNOME web? Or is it Stallman's wet dream of an offline browser that one can't use while online for one's own good & protection from Snowden's NSA?

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

unixisc Re:Fedora fork too (549 comments)

And Mageia, Mandriva, Scientific Linux and other RedHat variants, not to mention Arch, Gentoo & Slackware based distros. Incidentally, wondering what RMS' own pet distro - gNewSense, does, since it's a Ubuntu i.e. Debian derivative?

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

unixisc Sendmail/Postfix (549 comments)

Do either Sendmail or Postfix have the ability to recall emails, like Exchange Server?

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

unixisc Re:Finally ... (549 comments)

I have PC-BSD, which is FreeBSD made easy, and none of my installs have ever evoked a dependency issue, unlike w/ Linux - namely RedHat. I'll grant that distros that use apt-get are better than those that use yum - no idea about Pacman or other choices. But now, FreeBSD, PC-BSD and TrueOS all come in the same DVD, so one could install FreeBSD just as easily as the rest. With the packages.

3 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

unixisc Re:Newton anyone? (84 comments)

Freescale (Motorola's) only market for the PowerPCs were Apple: they didn't usually go into RS/6000 workstations. So when Apple wanted a low power roadmap, how did Freescale think that it had any option other than to give them that? If they had followed an Intel like strategy and developed a whole spectrum of Power chips - ranging from low power chips for mobiles to multicore MIMD chips for the top of the like POWERservers, they'd still be around as a powerful competitor to Intel. Those CPUs, rather than ARMs, would have gone into first the iPods and then the iPhones and iPads, as well as Airbooks, Macs and others. And since Apple doesn't make cheap computers, their margins would have been pretty good as well.

3 days ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

unixisc Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (84 comments)

So maybe they shouldn't have chased off their chip customers years ago by refusing to make a functioning piece of silicon that didn't require the Hoover Dam to power it, and a cooling tower to make sure it didn't melt?

And the POWER line of CPUs dies with a whimper.

Yeah, somehow I can't see GlobalFoundries build POWER chips. Heck, they struggled to make AMD chips, for crying out loud!

3 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

unixisc Re:I can already see it (172 comments)

I think the other way. They'll have the watch in colors that only women will prefer - lime, yellow, cyan, red, and for the men, the watches would be like a Ford Model T - any color as long as it's black

3 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

unixisc Re:I can already see it (172 comments)

The watch band is a ribbon

3 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

unixisc Re:I can already see it (172 comments)

I bet it's called the X-Watch, has an x86 CPU and tries to cram the regular version of Windows into a 2" display with a tiny cursor controlled by a Kinect camera you wear on your head via the included X-BaseballCap.

Given that Microsoft's initial Surface and Surface Pro II were ARM based, I don't get your point. None of the Lumias are x86 based - why do you think their watch would be?

But I agree - it will be no more successful in the market than the Lumia is

3 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

unixisc Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

How are China & Russia ancient foes? Before the Cold War, the 2 hardly had any contact with each other. Rather, it was the Mongols who had a lot of interaction with both, but not of a nature that would bring Russia & China together.

China today has the same policies as Russia on Iran, Syria and North Korea: how are they not allies? In China's case, they have a lot more to gain by supporting their biggest trading partner - the US, than antagonizing us over these 3. In Russia's case, I understand their desperation - Iran and Syria are the only markets for their Soviet era weaponry, but in China's case, it's a lot broader.

As for Russia-China's border today, their only border is in the east, in Manchuria. Otherwise, Russia, Mongolia, China & Kazakhstan have a common point where their borders meet, ensuring that there's no border b/w Russia and China west of Mongolia. If you are referring to China's borders w/ the 'stans', China has a good reason for having them closed: they have a restive Uyghur population in Xinxiang, which has ties to Jihadi campaigns in the stans, particularly in Kyrgyzstan.

In case of India, few Indians notice these things when they come up in the news: people are a lot more interested in events within the country. India's reason here is legit - absense this, they'd have Jihadis cross the borders into India via Kashmir, and would have little control on intercepting them

4 days ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

unixisc Re:20 million out of 50 million stolen? (59 comments)

So one would still have a unique ID for identification and authentication, but entities that have that same thing would only have access to particular pieces of information? How exactly would that be implemented? I thought something like a smart card with an interface to a database that has various pieces of information, of which only some are easily obtained (say age) vs having to get a warrant for some others.

5 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

unixisc Re:Good job, India! (86 comments)

Except that today, China is very much an ally of Russia (or maybe even vice versa). That famous Sino-Soviet split of the 60s is long over - one country is no longer communist, and the other is no longer ruled by Communists. Russia currently doesn't have geopolitical interests - it's just gathering all the allies that it can find. It's a pity that they aren't more discriminating about it, and even giving support to countries like Iran, Syria and North Korea.

Similarly, China was once a major ally of Pakistan, but due to Uyghar jihadis getting their support in Afghanistan and even in Pakistan, that friendship has become lukewarm. Even though Pakistan remains a major market for Huawei outside China

about a week ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

unixisc Re:Make SSN a national ID card (59 comments)

I sort of hope the passport itself doesn't get replaced, though--you can't see the visa stamps on a chip or mag stripe.

Part of what I suggested above is that they scan the card, which would give them your name, ID number (SSN# for the US), and then you'd by scanning the tickets enter the date they're leaving/entering the continent/country and their source/destinations. All that goes into an online record, which any police official in any country can run up if that person goes on to later blow up a dock in Oakland, or lands up in Syria in ISIS rags and is shown on TV beheading some Infidels.

about a week ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

unixisc Re:Make SSN a national ID card (59 comments)

What's even worse is the idea of using Driver Licenses - that's why you have the problem in some border states of proposals of wanting to issue DLs to illegals so that they don't compound the crime of being here illegally with doing hit and runs, since any discovery would require their instant deportation. But I digress.

Right now, that ship has sailed - social security is already used as identification, but since it doesn't have a photograph, one is required to show a passport or a driving license in addition to the social security card (which is still required if you're say, applying for a job, which will need it sooner or later for doing your I9 forms.) This is annoying. Just make the changes I suggested above - nobody's asking the US to be EU - and use only the social security card for official ID purposes. Get rid of the practice of requiring DLs for that, and even for passports, have them electronically linked so that one's whereabouts, if one is travelling abroad, is known. (Yeah, yeah, I hear all the screams of 'Snowden, NSA, privacy, blah blah blah, but like it or not, as Scott McNealy once noted, privacy is dead)

Conservatives don't like national ID cards because of a mistrust of big government. Liberals don't like them for similar reasons. However, fact remains that in today's world, like it or not, they are needed. Put it all in ONE place, and let other things be restricted to their domains - like one's driving record tied only to one's DL (unless any manslaughter cases are involved).

about a week ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

unixisc Re:Windows 8 (303 comments)

I did - and it did squat for my problem of the charms bar popping up everytime my cursor would get even near the right end of the screen. It was after that that I pulled the plug, deleted one entire OS and installed another.

about a week ago
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South Korean ID System To Be Rebuilt From Scratch After Massive Leaks

unixisc Make SSN a national ID card (59 comments)

Just add your photo to your SSN card, put it on a credit card like plastic with either a magnetic strip, a QR code or smart card interface, and viola! You have yourself a national ID card. This can even substitute a passport, with entries made every time you leave or enter the country.

about a week ago

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GNU Guix 0.4 released

unixisc unixisc writes  |  1 year,23 days

unixisc (2429386) writes "From: Ludovic Courtès

We are pleased to celebrate GNU’s 30th anniversary with the release of
GNU Guix version 0.4, representing 300 commits by 5 people over 2
months.

This release comes with a QEMU virtual machine image that demonstrates
preliminary work toward building a stand-alone GNU system with Guix.
The image uses the GNU Linux-Libre kernel and the GNU dmd init system.
It is console-only, and may be used primarily to try out Guix."

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NetBSD 5.1.2 announced

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 5.1.2: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.1.2 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.1.2 is the second critical/security update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons. Please note that all fixes in critical/security updates (i.e., NetBSD 5.0.1, 5.0.2, etc.) are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. These fixes will also appear in future minor releases (i.e., NetBSD 5.1, 5.2, etc.), together with other less-critical fixes and feature enhancements. NetBSD 5.1.2 is dedicated to the memory of Yoshihiro Masuda, who passed away in May 2011."
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IPv6-handling flaw found in Windows 7

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "I don't see how MS can claim that exploiting the vulnerability requires local network access, when the very nature of IPv6 will give everybody a globally routeable access, which would be reachable anyway. If they have the fix, it needs to be made available, since in IPv6, every node would have to be secured with an appropriate firewall and malware."
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AT&T plans for all networks to be on IPv6 by 2

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "US NETWORK OPERATOR AT&T believes that by 2020 most networks should have completely moved onto IPv6.
AT&T, like all major network providers, has been banging on about IPv6 for many years but with the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses earlier this year the looming change over was brought into sharp focus. The plan in the short term is to run 'dual stack' networks, meaning running the current IPv4 network and the next generation IPv6 network side-by-side, however according to a report by AT&T that will only continue until 2020."

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