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LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Will be Held April 25 and 26 (Video)

unixisc Re:Linux was fun... (21 comments)

The one in Charlotte a few months back had a FreeBSD booth - showcasing FreeBSD, PC-BSD and pFsense

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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

unixisc Re:Is Yahoo! still a thing? (218 comments)

Use it w/ an email client, like Thunderbird, and you'll do just fine

2 days ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

unixisc Re: Is Yahoo! still a thing? (218 comments)

If one has been using Yahoo! email for a while, why would one just stop? Given the effort it takes to migrate people they've been working with? Yeah, they may open up other accounts, but it makes sense to keep what one has

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:Why not push toward collapse? (424 comments)

Iran taking over Iraq is just delusional.

They don't have to - the current regime in Baghdad is Shiite dominated, and a good number of them, like Moqtada al Sadr, take their marching orders from Teheran

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:Why not push toward collapse? (424 comments)

Iran was NEVER a democracy. It was always a dictatorial monarchy under the various dynasties ending w/ the Pahlavis, then it became a Shiite theocracy under the Ayatollahs. Since it's Islamic, it's not likely to ever remain a democracy even if it has an odd election here or there.

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (424 comments)

Funny thing is that the Castros - both of them - have even survived Hugo Chavez. Maybe they'll survive Daniel Ortega as well

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (424 comments)

Well, Raul Castro was close chums w/ Che Guevara, and very much a part of Fidel's repressive regime. He's now 83, so it's an open question of how long he'll last, and whether Cuba will become more democratic once the Castros are dead

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (424 comments)

Voters had the option of rejecting them in both the GOP primaries, as well as the general elections. No such choices for the North Koreans or Syrians w/ Kim or Bashar al Assad. And had Saddam not been toppled, Qusay would have succeeded him, and similarly, Qadaffi would have been succeeded by Saif ul Islam

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:Why not push toward collapse? (424 comments)

But Russia's recent wars & bullying have been against groups or countries far weaker than them - Chechens, Georgia and now Ukraine. They've not fought wars against China or Kazakhstan. Going by what you said, those 2 would theoretically be Russia's greatest threats. However, China is an ally of Russia, and their only border with them is on the Manchurian side. Kazakhistan is still more or less a client state of Russia, and hardly a threat to it. In fact, before Putin came to power, when Yeltsin was running things, there were times when Moscow had a really weak hold on things, but that didn't encourage China or the stans to act up and try bullying Russia. The only group that tried it was the Chechens.

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:Why not push toward collapse? (424 comments)

The mistake in Iraq was to try and rebuild that country after toppling Saddam. Invading them and toppling Saddam was justified, given that he was housing terrorists like Abu Nidal, and rewarding Hamas suicide bombers in Israel. But once he was overthrown, the campaign should have been over, while allowing the UN to search for the WMDs. When Bush stood on that ship the first time w/ the 'Mission Accomplished' sign, he happened to be correct! The US debacle in Iraq started after the scope of the mission became 'bringing democracy to Iraq'.

No Arab country had ever been a democracy, and translated to Arab ground realities, it just meant mob rule. In Iraq, the Shiites, being the majority, came to power, and suddenly, the persecution of Chaldeans & Assyrians started, w/ most fleeing to Syria and then Lebanon. In the meantime, in Baghdad, Iraq became a new client state of Iran, who must have been laughing themselves silly @ the Great Satan (TM) installing their puppet in Iraq, and making the formation of a Shiite Crescent easier.

In the meantime, the US wasted billions in reconstructing a country that never had any major infrastructure in the first place, aside from anything that would make waging war easier. All the while battling Iraqis of all ethnic backgrounds who hated it (except the Kurds and Assyrians). Instead, withdrawing from Iraq after Saddam's overthrow and letting Moqtada al Sadr battle it out with Zarqawi and not take any Arab refugees into the US would have been the right move.

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:Why not push toward collapse? (424 comments)

Yeah, we have them on the ropes!

Yes, exactly. They are as poor as a Socialist economy can be and, had it not been for Russia's support, would've collapsed long ago.

Another 55 years should do the trick for sure!

May as well, for all we should care. No skin off our back. But Fidel is unlikely to last that much longer, and this sort of regimes tend to change dramatically with each new Dear Leader.

Russian economic support to Cuba ended after the Soviet Union came apart. Question is how much longer would Raul Castro last, and whether Cuba would see another Gorby after him?

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:Visit to Havana (424 comments)

And Raul Castro can keep out American workers on boats sailing to Cuba in search of jobs /facetious

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (424 comments)

Yeah, he got succeeded by his brother. Wonder what is it about Commie countries nowadays? They started off by overthrowing monarchies wherever they could find them - Russia, Egypt, Libya, and so on. Nowadays, every surviving Communist country has de facto dynasties - North Korea, Cuba, Syria. If only the Romanovs had known and maneuvered to take over the Communist party, they may have saved themselves from getting massacred.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (424 comments)

Maybe the interrogation/treatment of enemy combatants should be outsourced to Cuba. For a while, some were outsourced to Syria, but that's too far away, and then too, they are enemies and might like & release some of the combatants. Instead, the US could have Cuba take over all the interrogation of enemy combatants and treat them however they like, and pay Cuba a mutually agreed commission on every combatant who is executed.

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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

unixisc Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

The only country that had an embargo on Cuba is the US. They trade w/ everyone else - Europe, Canada and whoever else you got. Despite that, their economy is in a mess. They need a Putin

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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

unixisc Re: AH, the good old days (100 comments)

Of course! What he did had no effect during his administration nor the next 2, but kicked in 12 years later!

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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

unixisc Re:Joke? They're real! (100 comments)

For non volatile memories - EPROMs, EEPROMs, Flash, erasing means setting all the data cells (within a specified area) to '1'. Programming means setting certain data cells in a given address with 0. Writing means erasing certain data cells to 1 and then programming the bits that need to be made 0 to 0.

3 days ago
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The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax

unixisc Re:Joke? They're real! (100 comments)

Those were UVROMs. ROMs were series of rows and columns, with the columns that needed to be 0 connected to the ground by diodes, and the ones that needed to be 1 left floating. As others said above, they were originally etched during time of manufacture, and once out of fab and package/test, they were done. No writing evar!

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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

unixisc Re:Sooo... (184 comments)

But the US can't even drill oil in ANWR, despite Alaska being all for it, due to the huge opposition from environmental groups in the other 49 states. If US were to get the North Pole - contiguous sector to AK, how would they then allow drilling for oil there, given that environmental wackos can then campaign on behalf of the seals and walruses, instead of the caribou.

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GNU Guix 0.4 released

unixisc unixisc writes  |  about a year ago

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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