* Posts by Daniel 19

6 posts • joined 13 Jul 2009

Size does matter: Outlook.com punters want meatier passwords

Daniel 19
Devil

Re: And if the password is hashed

Yes, in hashes this is called a collision. When two or more plaintext items result in the same ciphertext (hash). The goal of hashes is usually not to eliminate all collisions (because it is impossible), but rather to make them as difficult as possible to generate and figure out without brute forcing through every single possible combination.

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Torvalds dumps Kernel.org for Github after breach

Daniel 19
Devil

The source wasn't compromised...

The site that carried a COPY of the source was compromised. The location of the original was never compromised. This is an important distinction.

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Group policy for Unix

Daniel 19
WTF?

Why do you want something that makes it look like Windows?

To me, Windows has always been needlessly complex. Why would you want Unix to be the same? The beauty of everything being a file, is that there is only one way to edit settings for everything. This makes version control very easy as you can just copy the old file and save it somewhere with a date. You need to roll back, no problem... To learn how to change settings all you need to know how to do is edit files and usually restart or HUP a service, with Windows you need to know how to change files, edit registry keys, run commands and sometimes I am pretty sure you can only do things by sitting at the machine itself. Then there is the registy hell. Find the key that controls what items are started when the system boots.. Oh. that is in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run\, that makes a lot of sense, I would have looked there. With Unix if I don't know where something is, I can usually do a find on the filesystem.

All that is really needed is something that keeps the files the same on every system in an automated fashion. Something like Redhat Network/Spacewalk works well. Someone mentioned puppet. It isn't like Group Policy, but it can do so much more and it really is no different then just editing files from the local console, but now on a global level. The beauty of Unix is that the inner workings are simple (at the expense sometimes of the outer layer), last thing I want is some abstraction layer that I no longer understand.

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Bug in latest Linux gives untrusted users root access

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Worst comment ever

"It's interesting to me that I picked it out two weeks before the people whose job it is to find this sort of stuff,"

What is the point of saying this???? This just proves open source is working. Presumably he is about as likely to find a flaw as anyone else (discounting different levels of smarts). If this was Microsoft and he was finding bugs with fuzzing or what not then he would have a point. The purpose of Linux is to rely on users like himself to find these bugs. Open source is working, move along.

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IT grad sues school over failed job hunt

Daniel 19
Linux

Clarify the GPA system.

To clarify on the US system for GPA. A Straight 'B' is 3.0. A 'C' is 2.0. A 2.7 is a B-, so the article is correct. A B+ is a 3.3 in case anyone cares.

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VMware copes with performance, chargeback anxiety

Daniel 19

Is it me, or is this stuff just crazy expensive?

As someone who has worked with VMware in the past it seems to me that the price of these products is crazy expensive. I think Vmware is really opening themselves up to being commoditized by other companies. They have the best products out there now, but I can't help by wonder how long that will last.

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