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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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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

Martijn Otto

Yes, a whole bitcoin trades for more than a while dogecoin. However, bitcoin is currently mostly mined by ASICs, making the difficulty so high that it is no longer profitable to mine bitcoins on a computer.

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MtGox takes heat as reasons for Bitcoin FAIL surface

Martijn Otto

They can't. It is an old bug, fixed long back in the official client. MtGox uses a custom wallet, most likely forked long back, in which they were stupid enough not to backport the fix.

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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

Martijn Otto

Why port? Most useful apps already run under ARM. Debian is available on ARM completely. What more do you need?

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

Martijn Otto

Why is that whole mess not opt-in to begin with?

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

Martijn Otto

What the writer of the article did not realize is that new altcoins are created regularly. So while ASICs are now being created for LTC, graphics cards will stay relevant for other altcoins. Same story like the one that happened to bitcoin. Nobody uses graphics cards for that anymore.

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Your squirty insecticides make bumblebees SHRINK, warn boffins

Martijn Otto

I don't have any scientific references, but a friend of mine holds bees in a forest. Of course, there are no insecticides there. His bees are doing very well. The organic farm where I get most of my vegetables also holds bees. They are also doing very well.

Somehow this makes me think that all those GMO-happy, spray-happy farmers and corporations complaining about a lack of bees have only themselves to blame.

This is, in my opinion, one of the greatest reasons for buying organic food. Not only is it more healthy, but you support the bees, thereby helping to avoid the enormous food shortage we'd get without bees.

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Don't be a DDoS dummy: Patch your NTP servers, plead infosec bods

Martijn Otto

The monlist command should not be publicly available in the first place. Yes, it can be disabled in the config file, which it should have been set to in the first place.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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Typical

People don't read the instructions, same thing happened to veet:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RMSBINADT0S6S/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000KKNQBK&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

Martijn Otto
Unhappy

As the heat from AMD reduces

So will the innovation at Intel slow down. We could all see it coming.

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Boffins invent LUMINOUS PIGS again, glow-in-dark bacon sarnies presumably imminent

Martijn Otto
Joke

With a bit of work, these pigs could be a replacement for the current energy-slurping streetlights. Now that would be a big leap forward for renewable energy!

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First China banned Bitcoin. Now its crooks are using malware to steal traders' wallets

Martijn Otto

Re: Serious Question

What kind of emails are you talking about? The malware monitors whether you are logging into an exchange and then steals your credentials.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

Martijn Otto
Facepalm

NSA is just jealous

They didn't think of it first!

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

Martijn Otto

For anyone missing it

Root your phone and install LBE Privagy Guard. It provides the same functionality. It also works for on older versios of Android (2.3, 4.x).

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

Martijn Otto
FAIL

Cannot be backed up?

What the heck are you babbling about? Of course they can be backed up! You just keep an offline (i.e. printed key) somewhere safe with the bulk of your savings (the stuff you won't need regularly). The smaller amount that you need to keep available you keep in a regular wallet on your phone/computer. And yes, that can be backed up. You can protect it with a passphrase so that if the phone/computer gets stolen they cannot transfer out the bitcoins.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

Martijn Otto

They want to use BULL sperm for that?

Who else can see this going wrong? I can see the headlines already where some poor women gets stoned to death for bestiality after becoming pregnant from her own medicine.

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Malware+pr0n surge follows police op to kill illicit streaming sites

Martijn Otto
Joke

Re: What it boils down to...

Well, it supposedly deters terrorists. In the good ol' United States of the Americas the Department of Homeland Security is entrusted with the same task, they stop terrorists, therefor "pirating" copyrighted material is a terrorist action.

I am happy they are now actively stopping these dreadful terrorists in the U.K. too. I feel safer already.

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FTC torches Android flashlight app for spying on users

Martijn Otto

Re: Glad they are getting shut down

Wish I could do that too, but nowadays to vote you need a Google Minus account "so it's easier to see opinions from people you care about".

Thankfully, I do have LBE Privacy Guard to prevent applications like this from running amok.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Martijn Otto

That's already being done actually, with water: Pumped-storage hydroelectricity.

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

Martijn Otto
Joke

I suppose this saves costs

As the data doesn't have to be sent to America over a separate line anymore. Smart thinking.

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

Martijn Otto

Pathetic

Nice to see the Microsoft ad campaigns getting more and more pathetic every time. Not surprising as they haven't made anything useful for a long time and it's hard to advertise if you don't have anything nice to advertise.

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I want to play with VMs

Martijn Otto

My suggestion is to try out LXC, which is short for Linux Containers. It's not a VM in the strictest sense of the word, but more of a glorified chroot. It is, however, pretty easy to administer and blazingly fast (practically zero overhead). If you are scared of command lines you could look into libvirt, which can manage LXC in a graphical environment (only with very limited functionality).

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

Martijn Otto
Joke

Compensating for something?

Apparantly even women do that nowadays.

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Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

Martijn Otto
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Re: Mad

Perhaps the criminals hacked their systems to store this info.

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'Only NUCLEAR power can SAVE HUMANITY', say Global Warming high priests

Martijn Otto

So get on with your nuclear fusion reactor. It has been made on a small scale, it works and no danger of meltdown. If it's so important, why is nobody funding this?

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Locked into fixed-term mobile contract with variable prices? Not on our watch – Ofcom

Martijn Otto

Only now?

Netherlands has this since forever and it's not even specific to mobile contracts. Of course it only applies if the new terms can be negative for the customer. Lowering the prices will not allow the customer to immediately terminate the contract.

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Bacteria-chomping phages could kill off HOSPITAL SUPERBUGS

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So here we have a problem we created (antibiotic-resistence). How do we propose to solve it? Use a more aggressive alternative to antibiotics.

How about we just let our immune system work and only use antibiotics in life-threatening situations. Or does that cut to deep into the pockets of Big Pharma? We can't have that, of course!

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Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

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We know what this means

Just as they used the 8.04 LTS as their testing ground for Pulseaudio, so will they use 14.04 as testing ground for Mir. Brilliant!

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Red Hat and dotCloud team up on time-saving Linux container tech

Martijn Otto

LXC rules

At work we now use containers for nearly everything. For web server instances, a single container manages to handle about twice the sessions per second as it would do on a KVM instance with the same number of cores and RAM.

The overhead is so minimal that we now also run our MariaDB instances in containers and make many more, smaller database servers.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

Martijn Otto

Re: Obviously

Did you forget to use the "Joke Alert" icon?

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

Martijn Otto

Half measures

Telling people they're "on their own" after making the switch is not going to motivate them to change. Especially the computer literate ones that still believe the blue E "is the internet".

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Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats

Martijn Otto

I wouldn't use it

Let them get their regular product right first before moving into other markets. Couchbase as it is now is just too unstable, crashes, refuses connections, data loss, you name it!

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China tunes out Soundcloud for a weekend

Martijn Otto

They should send some people to train with the NSA. That way they can allow HTTPS and still selectively block content.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Martijn Otto

Too bad

I would have liked him to run the company further into the ground. Well, we can only hope the next one to take on the role will be equally clueless.

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Ubuntu devs to get 15-min code review, full SDK love – Canonical

Martijn Otto

And downhill it goes

Perhaps they think they are now big enough to warrant behaving like something so different it warrants separate code to be written for it.

Personally, I don't see it happening.

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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

Martijn Otto

Ramp up hydrogen creation

Germany already does this on a smaller scale. They create hydrogen when there is an energy surplus. This hydrogen is mixed in with the gas fed into peoples homes so they use it to cook and heat their homes.

If they just ramp it up, they can use the energy surplus created by the fossil plants for this, keeping them profitable and while they do create pollution they also help reduce the consumption of natural gas, which largely offsets this pollution.

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Don't let the SAN go down on me: Is the storage array on its way OUT?

Martijn Otto

I can tell you that we are currently phasing out our DELL EqualLogic arrays. We used to use them to handle all our database volumes, however, anything above a total of 2.5K IOPS seems to make it unbearably slow.

We bought large 15K SAS discs for all our database servers and currently only run replication servers on the SAN, so that we can quickly restore a volume should be necessary.

I honestly find it unbelievable that a single simple consumer SSD can easily handle 40K IOPS, while our SAN array (in excess of 100K quid) has trouble handling 4K IOPS.

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Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

Martijn Otto

Well, at least they're not trying to block LibreOffice. Maybe this can be a good thing and get the last three OpenOffice users to switch to LibreOffice as well.

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Bigger frames make Wi-Fi a power miser: boffins

Martijn Otto

All nice and well

But what will happen to the latency? How much time needs to pass before a smaller frame is sent out?

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