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Database of Private SSL Keys Published

xlotlu Re:Great Work! (200 comments)

So you'll have no problem posting all your passwords, social security number, bank account numbers, and so on publicly, then. Right?

No, like most people who say that ... he only supports someone else's information being made public.

Anthropomorphising governments and corporations, are we?

more than 3 years ago

Canonical Designer Demos Ubuntu Context-Aware UI

xlotlu Re:Hmm (237 comments)

I wanted something like this for quite a while, except my primary use cases are for preventing inactivity-related actions: 1) don't lock the screen if I'm still at the computer, regardless of the inactivity timeout; and 2) don't dim the screen if I'm looking at it. I'm probably reading and I like the brightness level just the way it is.

more than 3 years ago

Six Reasons Why Flash Isn't Going Away

xlotlu Re:Counter argument (483 comments)

The iPhone and iPad notwithstanding, Flash is beginning to show up on other mobile device platforms.

Exactly 1 single other platform : Android. All the rest are only promises for some time in the future.

Both you and the article author are somewhat misinformed. Flash has been running on mobile platforms for quite a while, albeit in the form of Flash Lite, which is not on par with the desktop version.

My 4-year old Nokia N80 can run older Flash content from the web (I think up to Flash 7), but more importantly it runs "phone applications" written in Flash.

You're of course correct with the rest of your arguments -- I'm not too fond of Flash myself.

more than 3 years ago

Recomputing the Sky

xlotlu Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (205 comments)

All I can say is a subjective "smooth enough". And it's been actually supported for quite a while by all major browsers except IE. And IE9 will come with hardware-accelerated canvas (it was covered on /. not long ago), and Firefox has it partially working in trunk.

more than 3 years ago

Recomputing the Sky

xlotlu Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (205 comments)

Playing devil's advocate -- it's pretty trivial to make a Silverlight interface to pan and zoom around a giant image like this. It's less trivial to do the same thing with, say, JavaScript or Flash.

Actually you're trolling more than playing devil's advocate. There's a sh*tload of zoom & pan-enabled image viewing libraries, both in JS and Flash, all using tiles just like Silverlight -- try to google some.

And for that matter it's trivial to DIY from scratch using canvas, which of course IE conveniently doesn't support, but that problem was solved too long ago. OpenLayers, which you might have seen at work at OpenStreetMap, includes a VML rendering backend, besides canvas and SVG.

The really funny part about your "advocating" is that MS has an Ajax library that does exactly the same thing as its Silverlight counterpart:

about 4 years ago

German User Fined For Having an Open Wi-Fi

xlotlu Re:Botnets (563 comments)

Now there's an interesting idea. Someone should code a botnet that only downloads and shares copyrighted content, nothing else malicious.

more than 4 years ago

WePad Tablet Will Use Linux To Rival the iPad

xlotlu Re:Much faster clone time (536 comments)

People still don't get it, however. The WePad thinks it can compete with the iPad with hardware features but will run Linux... which is a server or desktop OS.

You mean Linux... which is a server, or supercomputer, or desktop, or laptop, or netbook, router, TV, camera, handheld, media player, embedded device, [...] OS.

A very long time ago it was a server OS. Now it can be tailored for everything, and it is everywhere. Except on toasters I guess, those are BSDs.

Don't confuse the kernel with the graphics / widget libraries. Which by the way are cheerfully getting to that level of adaptability as well.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Previews IE9 — HTML5, SVG, Fast JS

xlotlu Re:Firefox not playing h264 is a political decisio (473 comments)

Guess what, I'm using it.

ROFL, wait, so you're defending Firefox's idiotic stance while, simultaneously, actively attempting to work around it? Hypocritical much?

No, I'm defending Firefox's stance because it's moral, and branding it a lost cause doesn't make it idiotic. And no, I'm working around Flash, as I have before with

Nice straw man though. Maybe I should pull a Godwin on you: joining the German Resistance was obviously idiotic, right?

As far as non-Windows users are concerned, the most painful problem is Flash being crap for video playback, and the fix for that is one add-on or greasemonkey script away.

That's not a fix. That's a hack to work around the Firefox devs. But if you're happy with a degraded browsing experience because Mozilla can't get their heads out of their collective ideological asses, that's your choice. The rest of us will just move on and find a project that gives users the option to make their own choices, as opposed to dictating to them from on high.

Please do. In case you haven't figured out, you're 100% free to switch to a different browser, or fork Firefox and port the Fennec changes you seem so familiar with. Would you now please let "the rest of us" make our own choices too?

No, garbage is saying the war is over

What war? You really think Firefox choosing to hobble their browser is gonna somehow change the software patent landscape? Please, get real. The users will move on, baffled by Firefox's stance, and Mozilla will achieve nothing while damaging their own reputation in the process.

I hope you do realise you sound like a desperate guy ditched by his girlfriend, who's screaming out loud how his life will be great without her, while she'll suffer like hell because he was the best thing that ever happened to her...

Lieber Herr Gott mach mich stumm
Daß ich nicht nach Dachau komm.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Previews IE9 — HTML5, SVG, Fast JS

xlotlu Re:Firefox not playing h264 is a political decisio (473 comments)

If the world embraces HTML 5 video overnight and everybody and their dog switches to Chrome because of its h264 support, it's already too late.

Yes, but the "overnight" part gives them slack to rock the boat some.

If they're playing a game of brinkmanship, it's a dangerous game. If they take it too far they're done, and they won't be able to raise awareness about ANY of the issues they care about. Patents are important, but I'm not sure H264 is the issue to push it on.

Maybe, but (IMO) it's not that dangerous -- not until IE9 is about to ship, anyway.

About other issues they want to raise awareness about, I come short trying to find others as important. The browser wars are on again, and this time with more and stronger players. IE is going standards-compliant for fear of irrelevance, the EU spanked MS hard (10 years too late), and Google is here to stay... So you could say they already did their job wonderfully on that front.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Previews IE9 — HTML5, SVG, Fast JS

xlotlu Re:Firefox not playing h264 is a political decisio (473 comments)

but they're choosing not to implement it for strictly ideological reasons.


Hell, did you even read the description of the addon?

Guess what, I'm using it.

lose all the integrated DOM support, video overlays, and all the other crap that makes the video element superior to straight object embedding.

And the sites using those features are... ? As far as non-Windows users are concerned, the most painful problem is Flash being crap for video playback, and the fix for that is one add-on or greasemonkey script away.

Please, that's garbage. The battle is lost.

The battle may be lost, but that doesn't change a thing. No, garbage is saying the war is over, and then crying foul when someone else has the balls to take a stand.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Previews IE9 — HTML5, SVG, Fast JS

xlotlu Re:Firefox not playing h264 is a political decisio (473 comments)

Problem is, the Firefox devs decided they don't want to do that for political reasons, and so Fennec's implementation won't be ported to Firefox. Thank you asshole developers!

I rather suspect they decided to not do that *right now* for political reasons.

Right now html5 video is not widespread, and their purpose is still chewing at the IE marketshare. If the world embraces html5 video overnight and everybody and their dog switches to Chrome because of its h264 support, you can be damn sure they'll fold. The same if IE9 comes out with html5 support.

Right now they have nothing to worry about (except maybe inconveniencing some foul-mouthed slashdot poster that can't be bothered to search for solutions, e.g. ).

So as long as there's no real threat of pushing Firefox towards irrelevance, *now* is the right time to make a stand and raise awareness about how detrimental patents are to free software. Thank you, developers with a backbone!

more than 4 years ago

Pixel Qi Introduces a DIY Kit

xlotlu Re:Slashdotted? (74 comments)

It's hosted on yahoo servers. That's more than unfortunate... it's sad.

more than 4 years ago

Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

xlotlu Re:fail2ban (497 comments)

This is really cool until you find yourself trying to log in from the same access point where somebody with a virus was attached earlier in the day. Better to just use crypto (key-based authentication only) and rate-limiting.

You can mitigate that with knockd. Or if you're paranoid enough stick to knockd all the way...

I for one left password authentication enabled in sshd, and made all user passwords unusable (passwd -l). Let the bots have their fun and waste time.

The only improvement to this would be fail2ban with a tarpit rule...

more than 4 years ago

86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory

xlotlu Re:When do people get this (613 comments)

Certainly under linux ram used as disk cache is marked "free".

No, it's marked as "cached". Try `free -m` in the command line: the "free" column reports the _real_ free memory. Many new Windows converts fall for that and go berserk about why their machine eats up all RAM, failing to read the 2nd line that presents the free memory including buffers/cache.

It was high time Windows started caching data from disk more aggressively, but if it starts swapping because of that, they obviously got it wrong.

more than 4 years ago

Enlightenment Returns To Bring Ubuntu To ARM

xlotlu Re:Grammar Fail (198 comments)

The new market is hot. D'oh.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Bans Jailbreakers From the App Store

xlotlu Re:So they should (507 comments)

Jail-breaking facilitates piracy

Blah, blah straight out of the *AA indoctrination manual. BitTorrent facilitates piracy. Control over the content you buy facilitates piracy. Control over your hardware facilitates piracy.

Got news for you: crossing the street facilitates getting run over by a car. Drinking water facilitates choking to death. Guns facilitate... you get the point.

Of course jail-breaking facilitates piracy, because it facilitates freedom. And freedom of the little person facilitates corporations making less profit. You see, when the customer is in control you have to do things deeply annoying to your shareholders, like staying competitive without vendor lock-in, spending money on R&D, and providing quality products.

For some freedom-loving nerds, the iPhone is a quality product only if they can do whatever they please with it, not what the turtle-necked Jesus dictates. Hardware-wise it's an excellent product, but that doesn't change the fact that it's artificially crippled to maximise profits.

One app at a time, lack of bluetooth profiles that could be available in software, locked tethering, impossibility to install whatever application you wish, impossibility to use whatever application you want on your computer to access the device, the list goes on. Some people find such artificial crippling just as unethical as IP piracy. But hey, screw ethics, right?

more than 4 years ago

2009 Darwin Award Winners Announced

xlotlu Funny as it may be... (208 comments)

There's two sides to every story. Watch this piece of reporting: -- Don't you start feeling for that guy? Don't you hope he gets rescued? Well, it's the same priest that got the Darwin Award, so how is this possible? Moments ago you were amused by his idiocy...

Of course the video comes packaged in church marketing, so it's supposed to make you feel like that. But would you still call him an idiot? Or rather a stupid but noble man?

I for one would call him naive. Naive for the cause he chose, naive thinking he'll be alright after getting drifted away, naive not bailing out when he had the opportunity. And that got him killed, but he didn't give up because he thought his cause was just.

Maybe we should take pride in such naivety, instead of branding it as utter idiocy.

more than 4 years ago



Symbian soon to be Free Open Source Software

xlotlu xlotlu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xlotlu (1395639) writes "InfoWorld reports that Symbian is to become Free Open Source Software in a matter of hours.

108 packages will be available at Symbian's website, mostly under the Eclipse Public License, in what is probably the largest open source migration project in history: more than 40 millions line of code representing 10 years of development, currently in use on 330 million devices.

In the Wired coverage of the story, Lee Williams, executive director of the Symbian Foundation, picks on the Android platform, saying that "About a third of the Android code base is open and nothing more. And what is open is a collection of middleware. Everything else is closed or proprietary.""

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ReactOS gets Wine infusion

xlotlu xlotlu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xlotlu (1395639) writes "ReactOS was meant as a free and open-source operating system, binary-compatible with Microsoft Windows. But after 11 years in development it never reached a satisfactory level of usability.

Due to lack of developers, reimplementing the Win32 subsystem proved to be a much too complex task, holding the project back. Given the deficiencies of the current implementation, developer Aleksey Bragin decided to rewrite it from scratch, drawing heavily from the Wine project.

Bragin's announcement on the ReactOS mailing list makes a compelling argument for this decision. Here is to hoping this will boost development for both projects."

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Nokia will use KOffice in Maemo 5

xlotlu xlotlu writes  |  more than 4 years ago

xlotlu writes "Thomas Zander of Trolltech announced on the Qt Labs Blog that Nokia has created a document viewer based on KOffice 2.1 RC1 for their upcoming Maemo 5 OS.

Dubbed Freemantle, the document viewer is to be released as open source, and will be demoed at the Maemo Summit in Amsterdam (starting on October 9th). Maemo 5 will be first used in Nokia's N900 "mobile computer"."

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top under DDoS attack

xlotlu xlotlu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xlotlu (1395639) writes "The Inquirer reported that starting on the night of April 1st, the domain name registrar was suffering spurious DNS resolving issues (link intentionally left out to avoid slashdotting).

While the company has kept silent during the first day, it now seems they confirmed it's a DDoS attack on their DNS servers.

The media has been silent about it so far, despite the growing angry mob of twitterers and the bitter comments in the original Inquirer article, blaming the registrar for lost business. Speculation as to whom is behind this obviously includes Conficker."

Irish ISPs have a backbone

xlotlu xlotlu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xlotlu (1395639) writes "The ISP Association of Ireland announced it won't bend over for the local RIAA spinoff, unlike Eircom, Ireland's largest ISP.

The summary on their homepage succinctly states that "This legal action is spurious and there is no evidence of wrong-doing by Internet Service Providers", while the full position statement contains gems such as:

ISPAI is disappointed that the great potential of the internet, to provide opportunities to connect with users in new ways and develop new business models, is being missed by the music recording industry.


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Double-terabyte SD card specification announced

xlotlu xlotlu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xlotlu (1395639) writes "The SD Association announced the Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) memory card specification, supposed to provide up to 2TB of storage, and read/write speeds of 104 MB/s.

SDXC uses Microsoft's proprietary exFAT file system, which is available for licensing under NDA. There are currently no specific patents on exFAT, but its legal status is uncertain since it's based on FAT. The FAT patents have been previously upheld in court.

The Association is already looking forward to the next version of the specification, that will allow for speeds of up to 300MB/s"

IWF removes Wikipedia from blacklist

xlotlu xlotlu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xlotlu (1395639) writes "UK's Internet Watch Foundation decided to lift the ban on Scorpions' "Virgin Killer" page on Wikipedia.

Although the Wikimedia Foundation was earlier told the IWF would stick to its initial decision, today's statement shows them reconsidering the consequences of the blacklisting: the scheme employs a few transparent proxies, which effectively reduced most of the UK-originated Wikipedia traffic to a limited number of IP addresses. This in turn forced Wikipedia to protect itself from vandalism by revoking editing rights for those addresses.

Interestingly enough, the IWF decided to keep censoring the offending image if it's hosted in the UK:

Any further reported instances of this image which are hosted abroad, will not be added to the list. Any further reported instances of this image which are hosted in the UK will be assessed in line with IWF procedures.



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