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Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

xororand Re:Only a Matter of Time Now (132 comments)

A stable driver ABI would lead to more proprietary drivers and nobody wants that.
Proprietary drivers are usually only supported for a few years before the vendor drops them to increase the sales of new hardware.
In the meantime, almost all libre drivers in Linux enjoy support for decades, on a large number of system architectures.

about 7 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

xororand Re:Bizarre Personal Cult (279 comments)

RMS has been one of the most important men of the last 50 years or so.
His contribution to society is immense.
We need more like him to fight for our freedom.

Just imagine a world with only proprietary software.
Locked into golden prisons.
No thanks.

about 8 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

xororand Re:So do WiFi cards (219 comments)

What's the inherent advantage of x86 over ARM?

about 9 months ago
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Big Buck Bunny In 4K, 60 Fps and 3D-stereo

xororand Re:Awesome! (102 comments)

"Movies are best watched on cell phones."
- David Lynch

about 9 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

xororand Re:7 year old laptop with Linux is valuble? (340 comments)

Why do people still think that taking an antique computer and adding Linux is such an amazing thing?

This is a 7 year old laptop - and while someone may have replaced all the batteries with new ones, dismantled it and cleaned the internals with an air duster, and cleaned up the case it's still a diverted piece of e-waste.

Charging people $320 for something that probably cost them less than $50 to acquire is gouging - especially when people have problems with them.

I assume your time is worth nothing and the new batteries are free.

about 9 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

xororand Re:No idea what that means (433 comments)

Of course!
Like putting too much air in a balloon!

about 10 months ago
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China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

xororand Re:Can anyone name a Chinese brand? (634 comments)

Never heard of yeeloong.

On Slashdot?
Yeeloong made the only laptops with 100% free software for a long time.
Stallman uses a Yeeloong Lemote netbook.

about a year ago
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Dentist Wants To Clone John Lennon Using DNA Extracted From Lennon's Tooth

xororand Re:DNA Copyright? (224 comments)

Why?

about a year ago
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Debian Says Remove Unofficial Debian-Multimedia.org Repository From Your Sources

xororand Not a huge problem (159 comments)

It's not a significant problem because the repository is signed with OpenPGP.
aptitude displays a big red warning if there are unknown signatures in in your repository.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Promises Profanity Over Linux 3.10-rc5

xororand Re:well.... (334 comments)

actually have commercial driver support

You mean proprietary drivers that only work on one or two architectures and seize to be supported when new hardware generations need to be sold.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Move Legal Data With Torrents?

xororand 1 file & multiple Internet connections (302 comments)

BitTorrent is great for transferring large files with multiple slow Internet connections.
Seed with each connection, leech with the destination machine.

about a year and a half ago
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Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

xororand Re:Uptime fetish (409 comments)

Impressive if you can do that on the kernel and still be confident of stability.

You can actually do that with Oracle Ksplice for Linux.

about a year and a half ago
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Diaspora* Announces It Is Now a "Community Project"

xororand VM? (124 comments)

A pre-installed virtual machine image could be the easiest solution.
It can be easily converted to different VM technologies, e.g. VirtualBox, KVM or VMware.
Just forward some ports or route an IP and you're good to go.

I suggest some standard distribution like Debian stable with automatic security updates for the guest.

more than 2 years ago
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Happy Birthday, Debian!

xororand The Universal Operating System (172 comments)

It can be used on servers, desktops and small systems like the Raspberry Pi.
It can be bleeding edge with its unstable and experimental repositories.
It can be rock solid with the stable repository.
It comes with a non-free repository just in case you need proprietary firmware or drivers.
But wait, Debian is also a good choice if you're like RMS and want to fully embrace freedom:
It doesn't install anything non-free unless you explicitely allow it (since version 6.0).

Debian is one of the most versatile operating systems.

more than 2 years ago

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Electricity meters reveal TV viewing habits

xororand xororand writes  |  about 3 years ago

xororand (860319) writes "H-Online reports that "researchers at the Münster University of Applied Sciences have discovered that it is possible to use electricity usage data from smart electricity meters to determine which programmes consumers are watching on a standard TV set. By analysing electricity consumption patterns, it is, in principle, also possible to identify films played from a DVD or other source."
It's time for some clever EEs to come up with a countermeasure. Unfortunately alumfoil hats have already been dismissed.."

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Bootkit bypasses TrueCrypt hard disk encryption

xororand xororand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xororand (860319) writes "At the Black Hat security conference, Austrian IT security specialist Peter Kleissner presented a bootkit called Stoned which is capable of bypassing the TrueCrypt partition and system encryption. A bootkit combines a rootkit with the ability to modify a PC's Master Boot Record, enabling the malware to be activated even before the operating system is started. Available as source code, Kleissner's bootkit can infect any currently available 32-bit variety of Windows from Windows 2000 to Windows Vista and the Windows 7 release candidate. Link to the original article: here."
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New privilege escalation exploits for Mac OS X

xororand xororand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xororand (860319) writes "Several exploits for Apple's Mac OS X are in circulation which have not yet been patched. In a short test carried out by the heise Security editorial team, one of the exploits allowed a Mac OS X 10.5.6 user with normal privileges to obtain root privileges. The problem is triggered when mounting malformed HFS disk images. The exploit consists of a shell script and some source code written in C. The C code generates the disk image which, when mounted, provokes the flaw that allows execution of code at root level.
The exploits are available here: http://www.digit-labs.org/ (recent additions)"

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Local root exploit for Mac OS X

xororand xororand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xororand (860319) writes "Several exploits for Mac OS X are in circulation which have not yet been patched. In a short test carried out by the heise Security editorial team, one of the exploits allowed a Mac OS X 10.5.6 user with normal privileges to obtain root privileges. The problem is triggered when mounting malformed HFS disk images. The exploit consists of a shell script and some source code written in C. The C code generates the disk image which, when mounted, provokes the flaw that allows execution of code at root level.
The exploits are available here: http://www.digit-labs.org/ (recent additions)"

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Khronos Launches Initiative to Create Open Royalty

xororand xororand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

xororand (860319) writes "The initiative called "Accelerated 3D on the web" has been formed by the Khronos consortium with the goal to define an open standard for 3D content on the web, using OpenGL and ECMAscript, as it was suggested by Mozilla developers. "The Khronos(TM) Group today announced an initiative to create an open, royalty-free standard for bringing accelerated 3D graphics to the Web. In response to a proposal from Mozilla, Khronos has created an 'Accelerated 3D on Web' working group that Mozilla has offered to chair. This royalty-free standard will be developed under the proven Khronos development process with a target of a first public release within 12 months." Unlike previous attempts to establish 3D standards for the web, this one might be actually successul due to the use of existing open standards, and the increasing performance of ECMAscript engines."

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