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Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

Martijn Otto

The only reason to get oracle support

is when you are vendor-locked to their proprietary crap.

Why anybody would want to use "Oracle Linux" and pay for their support is beyond me.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

Martijn Otto

Re: Add the 3d farce

I don't have a car, I have a recumbent bike which I use for greater distances (like the 50 KM work-related travelling I do daily). Haven't actually thought about a car having a proprietary ECU since I never even considered buying a car.

A blu-ray box will still have the same proprietary crap, it's just even more closed because now the platform is closed too. A blu-ray box most likely does not support the pulseaudio protocol I use to get the audio everywhere I want it to go. So all in all it's way too limited.

The high cost for blu-ray software is most likely due to the fact that they create artificial scarceness by not giving everybody a key. Another good reason to avoid that stuff like the plague.

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Martijn Otto

Add the 3d farce

As a reason fewer people go to the cinema. It really doesn't add anything to the experience, besides making the tickets more expensive (because they have to earn back their "investment").

Also irritating is, at least for those people not blessed with living in a native-english-speaking-country, are subtitles. They get in the way and distract you from the movie, even if you are perfectly capable of understanding the spoken english. Why they don't use the same technique as they do for 3d to give you the option of wearing those glasses to not see the subtitles I don't know.

What is left to me is downloading. It's the only viable option. Why not buy a blu-ray you ask? Well, those are encrypted and only allowed, closed-source applications can play them. I refuse to install closed-source crap on my system so the only way to watch a blu-ray is to bypass that encryption, which is a crime (and a much more serious offense than downloading).

So, given that the MAFIA (Music And Film Industry of America) does not give me any proper, paid options, they are not receiving a single dime of my money.

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Dodgy Google, Yahoo! SSL certs nuked in Windows – finally

Martijn Otto

Why don't they just block this dodgy CA altogether? Right now they can basically do whatever they want and still stay in business.

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

Martijn Otto

The only secure flash plugin

Is one that isn't installed. Seriously, why even bother? Nowadays it's mostly used for advertisements anyway.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

Martijn Otto

This could be the model example of where to use renewable energy

Most cooling would be needed when the sun is heating strongest. Solar panels would thus simply deliver most energy when most is needed.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

Martijn Otto

What a lovely idea

A fully charged laptop battery can explode with roughly the force of a hand grenade when short-circuited. Good to see the good ole US of A is doing their bit to help those pesky terrorists. It's just so embarrassing when you try to blow up an airplane and your battery turns out to be empty.

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Don't panic! Mega cloud biz group says NSA just one among many threats

Martijn Otto

No cloud is still the best option

But if you have to have a cloud, a private cloud is acceptable too.

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Oh SNAP! Old-school '80s Unix hack to smack OSX, iOS, Red Hat?

Martijn Otto

Re: Security scan?

And that's what the safe-rm package is for. Saved my hard disc once.

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Martijn Otto

Very unclear

Am I correct in that the problem is multiple wildcard expansion?

If I make a file called '*' (without the quotes) and it gets sent as an argument to a shell script, when this script calls something else the * gets expanded to mean every file in the directory.

That is actually really easy to prevent if you write your shell scripts properly. Enclosing a filename in quotes is usually enough. Most languages also have specific functions to escape shell arguments.

Basically, this is the same thing as SQL-injection.

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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

Martijn Otto

Let them come

Anything better than Samsung and their overpriced, poorly-built garbage.

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

Martijn Otto

Don't really see the issue

Facebook is a site filled with willing guinea pigs. Nobody is forcing anybody to participate, everybody is there of their own free will. You don't like what they're doing? Don't use them. If enough people don't like what they're doing they will notice this.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

Martijn Otto

This looks to me like the physical incarnation of the Microsoft Office Assistant. I knew we weren't rid of that one yet.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

Martijn Otto

Invite sent

I would like to add you to my professional network.

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

Martijn Otto

Being not from the UK and thus not knowing Stephen Fry I wonder if perhaps he is a comedian?

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Docker blasts into 1.0, throwing dust onto traditional hypervisors

Martijn Otto

Still don't get it

What does docker give that the plain LXC tools don't?

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

Martijn Otto

Case-insensitive passwords?

Uh-oh, sounds like somebody forgot to hash

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

Martijn Otto

Don't read Microsoft EULA's

Don't use their products anyway.

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Linux app lets you control fruit fly brains - with frikkin' LASERS

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IMNSHO

This is just the prelude to the Star Wars Mosquito Defense System

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSIWpFPkYrk

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

Martijn Otto

You can't be more wrong about that

Copyright issues are only part of what the Pirate Party stands for. It stands for transparancy, as well as stopping unnecessary surveillance on innocent civilians.

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IT industry to benefit from India's new government

Martijn Otto

Don't forget the stronger coin

Following the news of the election results, the INR immediately started getting stronger, and has gained over 5% in value. This of course means that the Indian government (as well as corporations) will be able to spend more on foreign technology vendors.

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Waterfront flats plan for IBM's UK HQ as housing market goes bananas

Martijn Otto
FAIL

Part of the greater plan to severely mess up the economy?

The U.K. government is now doing exactly the same thing as the Dutch government has been doing: pumping money into the housing market. This drives up prices to an unrealistic high, stimulating people to buy, because it will keep rising, until it won't.

Then you have lots of people stuck with high mortgages, that cannot sell their house (overpriced and the seller can't lower the price because they need to somehow pay off the mortgage) and then suddenly the market collapses, banks topple and need to be saved by the government.

What a great plan, gaining some short-term financial growth for long-term crisis. My compliments to the U.K. government for making the right decision here!

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

Martijn Otto

The logical next step

A computer does not get tired, distracted or upset. Plus, when a majority of the cars has a system like this, cars could drive in much closer formations, reducing traffic jams and fuel usage.

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E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

Martijn Otto

Re: e-Cigs are not for quitting

They do actually help. When you smoke a cigarette, you finish it, because throwing away half a cigarette is wasteful. This makes it hard to reduce the amount you smoke, because it'll be an entire cigarette each time. With an e-cig, you can easily reduce the amount slowly.

Also, you can choose how much nicotine is in the mixture, so you can slowly alter that to lean more and more towards the "just water" side. This way you tackle the physical addiction first (while still "smoking" water vapor) to then slowly reduce that as well (or not: water vapor won't hurt you).

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

Martijn Otto

Will the terminal receive the same low build-quality as their devices usually do?

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

Martijn Otto

Finally

Someone who speaks up against the idiocy where the U.S. expects everybody to fall in line but does not cooperate themselves at all.

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HP: OpenStack's networking nightmare Neutron 'was everyone's fault'

Martijn Otto

Re: What's with all the Xen is obsolete talk I hear?

If you really need to emulate an entire system, then KVM is your best option. VMWare is difficult to configure, requiring a Windows machine last time I checked (which is also why we don't use it at the company I work for).

For most things, though, we use LXC, basically a glorified chroot, so some things are just a tad different, but it's very fast having almost zero overhead.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

Martijn Otto

from people who don't realize it's not 'THEIR UI'

It's Googles UI. You are only using it in exchange for your privacy.

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Slow IPv6 adoption is a GOOD THING as IETF plans privacy boost

Martijn Otto

Re: RFC 4941

This is also known as "Privacy Extensions", and as you say: it does exactly as expected.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

Martijn Otto

Good thing

For the feeble-minded, tech-oblivious people. The people who don't need this will find the option to disable it.

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

Martijn Otto

RAII is nice, but it's not available in C++ and that's the whole problem.

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Thanks for nothing, Apple, say forensic security chaps

Martijn Otto

Re: Alternate article title

Right. I'm no Apple fan, but how would making a platform secure be a bad thing?

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Staunch your Heartbleed patching: FreeBSD has a nasty credentials leak

Martijn Otto

So if I get this correctly, the kernel tries to read the memory after returning from the function without allocating/clearing/filling it first?

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Martijn Otto

Re: Nearly

It does show a "helpful" bar asking you whether you really wanted to go to the address you just typed:

"Did you want to go to http://host/"

The one thing a browser should do and do well is open pages when I type in the address. Chromium has problems with that.

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Yes, there is now BITCOIN-MINING MALWARE for Android

Martijn Otto

They don't have to find a block. Submitting shares will make sure they get something from the pool. Do this with enough phones and you'll still make something worthwhile.

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Martijn Otto

If you don't have to pay for the handset, nor for the power they consume, it's all going to be very effective. Given enough phones you will make plenty of bitcoins.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

Martijn Otto

It's not the online businesses that have been slow: It's the ISPs. Those fuckers should get off their lazy arse and start giving costumers a dual-stack connection. The company I work for has IPv6 for everything, but only 1 in 200 requests comes in over IPv6.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

Martijn Otto

I have switched all my home computers to Debian Wheezy since the start of this privacy madness and it's been nothing short of a great relief. Some things hadn't been working properly since years (like mplayer & vdpau, one release mplayer would suddenly fail to suspend the screensaver, the next release would see ugly flashes in the screen when running an overlay for the OSD, etc...).

After installing Debian all these problems vanished like snow. At work we run Ubuntu, which in the last release still has so many bugs. Adding all the privacy issues means it's just not good enough and I see no reason to use it unless I have to.

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Red Hat bets on 'Project Atomic' for its container-loaded server future

Martijn Otto

What's the added value

Over directly using LXC? All the features described in this article can be done already. Why would we want another product doing the same thing?

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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

Martijn Otto

Re: Who Still Uses Malloc?

People still use malloc because it's faster. Especially in embedded systems (where OpenSSL is also used quite frequently) this can make a difference. Besides this: many libraries don't use malloc for every allocation, they keep a memory pool available. One would have to call memset every time to clear that data, which is unnecessary in any well-written library or application.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

Martijn Otto

A good solution for this problem is the dutch SkipTheMenu app. It maintains lists of phone trees for a lot of companies. If you want to call one of these companies, you can first navigate the tree on your screen (without cost of course), after which you call them and your phone automatically presses all the right buttons.

Now that's innovation!

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Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

Martijn Otto

If it's the same crap quality as their 5.6 release, I think I'll stick with MariaDB. MySQL 5.5 is slow, 5.6 is unstable. MariaDB 5.5 proved to be stable and much faster than MySQL. We are now testing MariaDB 10.0, which so far seems to be another solid release.

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Want to see at night? Here comes the infrared CONTACT LENS

Martijn Otto

Re: More realistic...

Early cameras with IR nightvision actually had the "problem" of seeing through thin layers of clothing (problem between quotes because it depends on your point of view obviously).

I am unsure of what exactly they did to solve that, I believe they switched to another wavelength.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Martijn Otto

Interesting

Microsoft seems to be under the impression that the 'Microsoft' brand has a better image than the 'Windows' brand. I can say with full confidence that this is not the case: they both have a dusty, oh-my-god-i-have-to-vomit kind of image.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

Martijn Otto

Do as I say, not as I do

Apparantly, the US considers it normal to instruct other on 'proper' behavior while misbehaving themselves. Was anyone at all surprised at this?

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Don't stare: SHRUNKEN Mercury lost 7km, but only 'cos it's COOLING

Martijn Otto
Joke

I give it one week

For the "Mercury Diet" to become popular.

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Joomla issues upgrade to patch critical SQL vuln

Martijn Otto

I have no understanding for people who still write code like that, concatenating SQL strings into a giant mess. Why not just use prepared statements?

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

Martijn Otto

It's not cheating

If it's government-mandated. Just make sure to have a camera around and you're good to go.

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

Martijn Otto

I think he's just afraid of the tax claim he'll get

If he admits to having all those bitcoins.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

Martijn Otto

So according to Microsoft adopting a "standard" that only renders in a closed-source, proprietary, expensive piece of software that runs only on a closed-source, proprietary and expensive operating system would decrease costs.

In what world does this make sense exactly?

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