* Posts by Justin Clift

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Flying filers and Game of Thrones: Jon Snow? No, latency is dead

Justin Clift

Re: So where's the details?

It reads like marketing fluff.

It was just marketing fluff. :(

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

Justin Clift

Re: Long overdue

Yeah, backspace changing the page while editing a text field has bitten me in Opera on occasion. Hopefully this changes propagates into Opera in the near future.

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They take to it later, but when women FLOSS, they mean it

Justin Clift

Re: Link to the report?

Cool, well spotted. :)

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Justin Clift

Re: Link to the report?

Interestingly, the papers from previous years conferences aren't available either.

What kind of OSS conference doesn't make their papers public? :(

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Justin Clift

Link to the report?

There doesn't seem to be a link to the report mentioned, so it's difficult to read the source to learn things. :(

Closest I've found is the mention of it here:

12th International Conference on Open Source Systems

Weirdly for an OSS organisation, the papers doesn't seem accessible. Hopefully that's a temporary thing, or I'm just not looking hard enough. ;)

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Now Suzuki admits cheating

Justin Clift

Another car manufacturer cheated

To the surprise of no-one.

If there are any left standing, either they have some really awesome engineering talent in order to be competitive with the cheaters, or they just haven't been caught enough to admit it yet.

Which one do you reckon it is? ;)

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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

Justin Clift

Re: Author is on the money

Good anecdote. :)

As a thought, is there any chance your company would be ok with having that officially known? eg Some of the software projects you mention could make use of that as good Case Study material, for mutual promo benefit. Can point you to the right people if that's useful. :)

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Justin Clift

Re: Sorry for being anon...

Maybe in the UK. There are well supported FOSS options in the US though. Hopefully after they've gone international enough, the UK gets supported properly too. :)

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Justin Clift

Re: ZFS scary bits

VMS is currently being ported to x64 though, which could be good news:

State of the Port - March 2016 (note - PDF. Not a booby trapped one though. I really hope :>)

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Justin Clift

Re: Two reasons for buying

Btw, it's also completely possible to make your own enclosures/cases if you're handy with power tools.

If you want to go full overkill, you could even do something like this:

Russian Wall-E Case

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Justin Clift

Re: No one said it was easy but...

And just to point out, if VMware itself doesn't let you mirror directly on the host, you could pass the LUNs through to the VM itself to do the mirroring there.

The thought makes me kind of nervous around failure scenarios thought. Would do decent testing. ;)

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Justin Clift

Re: No one said it was easy but...

Unsure about VMware, as I haven't personally used it in ages. Other host platforms (eg Linux + KVM) definitely do this, as Linux provides the mirroring natively. (you just need to configure it)

Haven't yet tried this with FreeBSD, but it would be kind of surprising if it didn't work.

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Justin Clift

Re: No one said it was easy but...

As a thought, instead of doing the replication below the SCST layer, how about exporting the raw LUNS from each of the storage servers to the VM host, then doing the mirroring there? That should maintain the full io / transfer rate of things, instead of being (potentially) slowed down by storage server side replication.

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Justin Clift

Re: what he said

I've only just recently started using ZFS via FreeBSD, but haven't really done much with it. What were the major scary bits with it for you? dedupe related - I've read of very bad experiences when it runs out of ram - or other stuff?

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Justin Clift

Re: It could present LUNs via FC/iSCSI and file-share via SMB and NFS.

Those specific acronyms are the very basics for anyone doing storage professionally, or even in half-anger at home. They're not off target for the audience. ;)

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Got $130,000 down the back of the sofa? Great. Grab an HP 3D printer

Justin Clift

Re: Over-hyped stupidity

You guys both seem to be knowledgable about 3D printing and cars, so you've both seen Koenigsegg's video's on Youtube about their 3d printing stuff (carbon fibre, etc) yeah?

For the Koenigsegg example, printing in carbon fibre makes sense as they're designing functional parts.

With this HP printer, it looks interesting, but it's Nylon only at the moment (not counting the unreleased stuff they "plan" to also release). The reportedly much faster printing speed sounds like it'll open doors though.

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Justin Clift

Re: "The market is forecast to rise from $4.1bn in 2015 to $16.2bn by 2020"

Remember this is the industry that until a couple of decade ago would be paying upwards of £30,000 per seat for CAD, and that didn't include the workstation.

Don't they still pay at least that much for CAD? The base price for a lot of professional CAD products isn't like that, but then you have to add the "add-ons" to make them useful for the specific audience. eg CAM

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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

Justin Clift

Fibre Channel over Tolkien Ring? ;)

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ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

Justin Clift

Re: Sound Effect For Added Realism:

the sound hungry and wild gnuistas being let off the leash

Hmmm, I'd be more worried about Oracle. They have a reputation for aggressive legal shenanigans, especially towards competitors.

It sounds like Debian have been careful to not step on the license, so won't have "provided an excuse".

Canonical though... hmm.... wonder what the terms they agreed to are? Perhaps they'll have a new owner soon. ;)

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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

Justin Clift

Re: Linux/BSD port p7zip

Seems like p7zip isn't affected:

https://sourceforge.net/p/p7zip/discussion/383043/thread/9d0fb86b/#3220

That'll be good news for some. :)

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Justin Clift

Re: A total non story

While it's not the same as an immediate root level exploit, it's still pretty bad. Any kind of tooling which can be compromised just by opening a .zip file (or similar) still has a lot they can do from a user account.

It also sounds capable enough to be very effective when paired with a (local-only) root privilege escalation vulnerability.

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Justin Clift

Re: Linux/BSD port p7zip

It's hard to tell. There is some discussion about this on the p7zip forum:

https://sourceforge.net/p/p7zip/discussion/383043/thread/9d0fb86b/?limit=25#3933

No indication of a new release or similar though, at the time of writing this.

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Bots half all web traffic

Justin Clift

Maybe we should start using the sci-fi terminology, calling them "Autonomous Agents" (or their precursor), to convey these "bots" are useful?

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This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

Justin Clift

One of the points of having upstream review/merge is to have more people notice otherwise-obvious problems like the code here.

It's definitely not a perfect approach, but having more people review stuff instead of less is generally a good idea (as long as it doesn't lengthen the developer iteration time too much, which causes other problems).

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Panama Papers finally online

Justin Clift

Torrent file

Although they make a torrent file available:

https://cloudfront-files-1.publicintegrity.org/offshoreleaks/data-csv.zip.torrent

It's just their processed database data in CSV format, 36MB in total:

$ unzip ../offshoreleaks_data-csv.zip

Archive: ../offshoreleaks_data-csv.zip

creating: offshore_leaks_csvs/

inflating: offshore_leaks_csvs/Addresses.csv

inflating: offshore_leaks_csvs/Entities.csv

inflating: offshore_leaks_csvs/Intermediaries.csv

inflating: offshore_leaks_csvs/Officers.csv

inflating: offshore_leaks_csvs/all_edges.csv

$

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

Justin Clift

Win 10 push is just to stop revenue crash

Well, the Win 10 being forced down everyone's throats (my wording :>) seems to be become MS forecasters have seen the massive plummet in new-box-PC-shipments. Thus massive negative change in likely revenue in the years going forward.

So, someone realised they'd better force everyone to subscription mode to offset that... regardless of how unhappy it makes people. Kind of like a "survive" or "not survive" event.

From that perspective, the pain they're (knowingly) causing people with the Win10 forcing makes sense. That perspective also says theres' literally no way they're going to stop doing it, due to the fear of revenue shortage.

Anyway, it's definitely time to look at alternative suppliers.

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HPC kids find bite-sized clusters are just as chewy

Justin Clift

First time seeing Infiniband?

From the article:

When we’re talking to the team on the video, they’re in the midst of figuring out how to use infiniband – a technology that they’re seeing for the first time today.

That's both dissapointing, and kind of weird. Infiniband is extremely common in the HPC scene, and dirt cheap on Ebay. (A minimal 2 node setup can be put together for about £60 in total). How have these students been doing HPC and not had access to the bog standard connectivity type gear?

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Unisys releases its ClearPath MCP OS for VMs or x86

Justin Clift

Re: Neat, but how useful is this?

Oh well, was a thought. ;)

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Justin Clift

Re: Neat, but how useful is this?

I'm checking it out as I'm an obscure OS geek.

If you do install it in a VM, it'd be interesting to hear whether some of the more popular "known to be pretty portable" Open Source Software compiles & runs on it. (suggestion: PostgreSQL, though there are others too)

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Justin Clift

Interestingly, there's a free "Express" edition for download

Out of curiosity, went looking for more info as there wasn't any kind of reference/follow-up link in the article.

Main ClearPath info seems to be here:

http://www.unisys.com/offerings/high-end-servers/clearpath-forward-systems/clearpath-mcp-software

There's also a free "ClearPath MCP Express" for download, which the description says:

"Students, teachers, hobbyists and ClearPath enthusiasts can use it for non-production evaluation, personal or educational purposes to explore and practice developing and testing ClearPath MCP-based applications."

http://www.unisys.com/offerings/high-end-servers/clearpath-forward-systems/clearpath-mcp-software/clearpath-mcp-express

Doesn't seem to be Open Source in any way though, which would have been nice. Oh well.

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

Justin Clift

Re: Miguel de Icaza is a great coder, and will always be so

What is far from certain is that among those 34 there is even a single FOSS developer who has actually contributed any code anyone cares about it.

Btw - code isn't the only way to significantly contribute to a project. Other ways are just as valuable to OSS projects, sometimes even more so at strategic times. ;) eg: Writing user docs, doing solid QA/testing/reporting, project co-ordination, etc.

As for projects people are involved in, here's one I've been putting time into for a while:

https://github.com/sqlitebrowser/sqlitebrowser

As a measure of usage, it's about 150k downloads a month (and trending upwards), which isn't too bad:

https://api.github.com/repos/sqlitebrowser/sqlitebrowser/releases

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

Justin Clift

HaaS!

If they offer this "as a Service", it'd be awesome.

Everyone could feed their incoming sales calls directly to Hell that way. :)

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

Justin Clift

Download site is super slow, use the .torrent file

The download site seems to be having capacity issues at the moment. There is a .torrent file available (on the download site, oops!):

https://files.devuan.org/devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta.torrent

A working magnet hash instead is this, if that helps: 9b0fa597ab8bdd89a57434876947dbe378a79aad

The torrent download is 10.55GB, containing:

  • SHA256SUMS (2.33 kB)
  • SHA256SUMS.asc (1.51 kB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_CD.iso (675.3 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_CD.list.gz (13.57 kB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_DVD.iso (4.69 GB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_DVD.list.gz (42.59 kB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_NETINST.iso (222.3 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_NETINST.list.gz (4.53 kB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_cloud.qcow2 (727.7 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_opennebula.qcow2 (718.6 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_amd64_vagrant.box (683.6 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_bananapi.img.xz (194.1 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_bananapro.img.xz (194.0 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_beagleboneblack.img.xz (288.3 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_chromeacer.img.xz (278.6 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_cubieboard2.img.xz (261.1 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_cubietruck.img.xz (261.9 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_odroidxu.img.xz (210.7 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_armhf_raspi2.img.xz (203.6 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_i386_CD.iso (678.4 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_i386_CD.list.gz (12.77 kB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_i386_NETINST.iso (264.2 MB)
  • devuan_jessie_1.0.0-beta_i386_NETINST.list.gz (4.74 kB)

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You're only young but you're going to die: Farewell, all-flash startups

Justin Clift

Re: Meanwhile, on the super low-end... :)

Cool. :)

The native ethernet support for Mellanox adapters seems to "just work" (after compiling in the driver). It's been pretty much trouble free.

IPoIB mode though... not so much. Kernel panic when switching from Ethernet → Infiniband mode (post boot - still chasing this bug down), and connected mode IPoIB exhibits weird behaviour too at the moment.

I think the Infiniband mode problems are rooted in something to do with the TrueOS base (not pure FreeBSD) that FreeNAS is built upon, as the same drivers on a FreeBSD base are pretty flawless. I'll be digging into this more over the next few days to see if I can figure out WTF is causing the issues, and then get it fixed. :)

If someone's just after Ethernet support (10GbE/40GbE/etc) out of Mellanox adapters though, it seems to be already good enough. Naturally, test the living heck out of it before deploying to production, just to be safe. :D

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Justin Clift

Meanwhile, on the super low-end... :)

Even FreeNAS (FreeBSD based NAS) has people playing with adding Infiniband support to it. Note, self promotion. :)

https://github.com/justinclift/freenas-infiniband

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

Justin Clift

Re: half truth statistics coming from Secunia.

I don't see the other mentioned browser markers offering such bounties..

As a data point, Mozilla does for Firefox (and other software):

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/security/client-bug-bounty/

Note - they have more than one bug bounty program. There's a very short overview page here, with links to the individual programs in the bottom two lines.

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Oracle's website, social media to wear sandwich board of shame over Java SE insecurity

Justin Clift

Breakable Oracle

Not so "Unbreakable" now are you Oracle?

And, just coz: http://ded.ninja/dear_oracle/dear_oracle02.jpg

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BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

Justin Clift
Facepalm

OpenSSL

Looks like they're using a remotely exploitable version of OpenSSL:

https://github.com/edent/BMW-OpenSource/tree/master/FOSS_S1/openssl

Oops. ;)

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HP Inc won't shake you down for ink in 3D printer era, says CTO

Justin Clift

"Open Platform" ?

Pretty sure his definition of an "Open Platform" will turn out to be very different from most other people's.

And not in a good way. :(

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

Justin Clift

Yeah, the new owners emailed my twice with their "SlashdotMedia - Fair processing notice", about how I can request them to remove my data/etc.

Twice I've responded to them. They've not deigned to reply to either.

So, not so hopeful the new owners are going to be doing the right things after all. :(

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New York senator proposes tax credit for open-source developers

Justin Clift

Re: So I need to spend $1000

Well, if someone's already spending a few $ on something like hosting or similar, this **might** allow them to claim some of it back (depending on what the law allows, etc). I guess it all helps. :)

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Here's what an Intel Broadwell Xeon with a built-in FPGA looks like

Justin Clift

This is actually pretty cool

Personally, I've been interested in doing some FPGA stuff combined with Infinband for very fast data processing/extraction. Was thinking perhaps Spartan FPGAs could be used to make it happen. This Broadwell with FPGA built in could make it much more achievable instead, depending on its specs/capabilities of course.

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

Justin Clift

Re: highest-selling single computer model of all time

debateable, but to me programmable means i can use itself to program it. the ios platform needs a real computer to write the programs. a real omission to my mind as it is powerful enough to have some level of programming built in.

Pythonista is excellent, if you're on an iPad of any variety.

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QLogic: Ready to get excited about an Ethernet adapter?

Justin Clift

Re: Estimated cost?

Also cheap on Ebay, so good for home labs. :)

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Red Hat in Google cloud Gluster chuck

Justin Clift

There is some discussion about this on Hacker News too:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11125908

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Earthquake-sensing smartphone app fires off early alerts of disaster

Justin Clift

Re: Real utility

Wonder if things like crowds during an exciting football game at large stadiums would set it off?

10's of thousands of people jumping about when their team wins... that can definitely make things shake locally for a lot of people at once.

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Free science journal library gains notoriety, lands injunctions

Justin Clift

Re: 47 million as text files ??

It's being reported as more like 38-40 TB in size.

Source: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11093477

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Justin Clift

Re: 47 million as text files ??

Lots of papers have diagrams and other non-text based information, so it's more likely they're pdfs' and/or other formats able to do that.

47 million pdfs' could be pretty hefty in disk space. Possibly in the terabyte range. Even broken up into a collection of x sized archives (say 10GB), that would be tricky to manage effectively using torrents. Technically possible though... yes.

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Slashdot, SourceForge slurped by travel publisher

Justin Clift

Re: There are definitely Community Positive ways this could go

The new owners have terminated the DevShare program:

https://sourceforge.net/blog/sourceforge-acquisition-and-future-plans/

That's a good start.

Hoping they do this all properly, and SourceForge becomes a positive thing again.

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This is what it looks like when your website is hit by nasty ransomware

Justin Clift

Re: RPCBIND on an internet host?

Definitely not my kind of thing to do without permission.

The author of the article has obviously been at least port scanning the host though, so it's on topic to ask. ;)

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