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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: So fork, then

Ahh yeah, sysvinit was fine until Debian devs came along and broke out all those tiny scripts and symlinks in order to build a service configurator GUI that real sysadmins never bother with. All that needless indirection was enough to keep me away from Debian for 10+ years. ArchLinux is a breath of fresh are but unfortunately way too bleeding edge for me; package updates usually break things. So I use Debian-stable because it's relatively stable and doesn't force me to use dbus, pulseaudio, etc.

Dependency hell is my biggest fear with systemd. If there are dependencies like nginx>systemd>dbus that's a problem. Every unnecessary daemon is just wasting resources and opening up gaping security holes. Yup, there was a big one in dbus a couple months go...

I really don't care about all these efforts to improve Linux/*nix. It'll never be a good OS for desktops, servers, phones, drones, or anything. NEVER. I just make do with it until something better comes along.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Black Helicopters

Re: Ummm, no.

Driverless car "Takes you to your destination"

...or a dark, deserted underground carpark where __________ awaits you...

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Careless Whisper? Anonymous messaging app accused of stalking users, blabbing to Feds

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Black box

People are idiots to use technology they don't understand, for anything that matters. Closed source? Pass. Open source but the code is tl;dr? Pass. That's ~99.999% of useful software.

Someday, maybe, we'll use dedicated secure comm boxes running a minimal, auditable, inflexible OS. Like phones without all the 'smart' crap. I think people are prepared to accept that tradeoff, but the current network protocols and file formats (pdf, docx, html even) are too inherently complex to allow for a simple enough implementation.

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Megaphone

Bad idea

Bad idea to run all your traffic through Tor anyway. Web beacons, gadgets calling home, auto updaters... they'll make it easier to de-anonymize you.

Just run Tails, with its privacy-enhanced Firefox, in a VM. That's about as anon as you can get.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: rant-like journalism

Nothing wrong with rants in a tech tabloid. Nice rant, Trevor! :D

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Who hired Elop?

Board members and/or major shareholders must have actively sought a Microsoft buyout, right?

Makes sense... Two big old companies with too much bureaucracy and a lack of vision at the top. Sad to lose Nokia's competent handset business though.

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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Re: P K

Haha, screw that. Tell them what they really need to do is convince Congress to unfuck us. Pass a law making CCs and SSNs and all such 'secret numbers' null and void for legal/financial purposes.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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I think the permutations she refers to are IE6, IE7, IE8, IE9.... those are crap, and the newer IEs aren't that great either.

Put it another way: the competitive landscape would not be significantly diminished if it was down to Firefox and chrome.

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Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

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FAIL

Whatever

Aren't these the same guys who gave us Design Patterns?

It's not that hard to find developers without ethics. Look at them all cranking out cheesy F2P kiddie games with in-app purchases, for one example. They're everywhere. It's up to users/buyers to avoid them.

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Researcher details nasty XSS flaw in popular web editor

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correction

8 IPs != DDoS... and a small DoS is all you need to take out a typical WP site.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

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Re: Is diaspora shrinking?

Diaspora was the right idea, but too ambitious feature-wise and not simple enough to setup and maintain, AFAIK. If at first you don't succeed....

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: Gigabit over copper?

I'm thrilled with 30/5 Mbps but as a freelancer, more bandwidth is *always* better.

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IT crisis looming: 'What if AWS goes pop, runs out of cash?'

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Do the math

It probably takes an upstart cut-rate VPS provider 6-12 months to pay off its hardware, maybe 2-3 years to turn a profit. I'm running bloated friggin LAMP+Java stacks on it (most of the world runs at least 5-10 years behind the leading edge) and I can't complain about price or performance or uptime... It does one thing well... It's the best ever. AWS costs more but offers more. So I'm not worried about its profitability.

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jQuery site popped to serve malware slop

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Re: Interesting list of vulnerabilities

Or at least use FlashBlock if you must have Flash.

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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Re: The measure of Poverty

Yep, if you're below our Federal Poverty Level in the US, you're in pretty miserable shape. It happens to be ~25% of median. Public benefits are stingy too.

Our socialists simply talk about "ending inequality". Last I heard, anyway. Unfortunately it's working for them.

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Have lots of ideas, try them out

But this is a case of "Have a supremely bad idea, try it, fail, then RAM IT DOWN USERS' THROATS".

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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Thanks for the tip

Wait 5 years, then bitchslap Google. Two problems solved.

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WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process

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All 100% true. That said, there are ways to reduce the load... php-apc (python-like bytecode caching), CDNs, nginx & php-fpm instead of apache, nginx or varnish "static" page caching, memcache for the WP "transient cache", mysql tuning. Only takes 1 or 2 of those tricks to make WP run pretty snappy if it's not bogged down with crap plugins.

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Just call it 3.10

You can do that, you know.

Eh, no thanks. We're OCD. But we'll roll out some major backward-incompatible changes in 4.1 and 4.2.

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Salesforce cloud goes titsup: Users face another long weekend

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Oh Salesforce... you make Microsoft look awesome.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

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Re: There's a simple solution - fork Wikipedia

Yep. Fork it, flag the existing WMF-licensed pages, and start writing new content.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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This is nice and all, but why bother with legacy Google when you can use not-Google?

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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Re: @Joerg

Agreed in principle... but 3-4 GHz CPUs have been around for 5 years, maybe 10 for the most 'leet :)

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Comcast-Time Warner merger: CloudFlare's fare flare fair warning

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It's more like a CDN/host hybrid. It takes over a site's DNS and routes all traffic through the CF infrastructure, for DDoS mitigation etc. And it has a free tier that takes about 3 minutes to set up... they're kinda asking for trouble with spammers/phishers/etc.

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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I've been using Pale Moon for some things; not bad. It's a mod of Firefox 24.x, so no newfangled GUI, and readily available in 64-bit. Only problem is FF24 is becoming obsolete already (it's a whole year old) and FF29+ is crap... what to do? Oh nice - fork Firefox! (http://forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5440)

Still using Chrome/Chromium for development though... it has the best devtools and the most users, by far. That's the way it is...

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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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OS from scratch? easier than you think

If you're targeting fairly uniform hardware, you can build an OS in a year. What you need is a single architect and a few developers, mostly experienced pragmatic types along with a little young blood and a couple OCD types to curtail the "we'll iron out that API later" hand-waving.

The tough part is getting enough apps written (preferably from scratch) for you pristine new OS. And, as mentioned in the article, having too much government funding and too many developers pulling in different directions.

Basically, anyone can do this. You don't need (or want) one government-backed OS to rule them all.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Does Steam OS support linux games, not bought through Steam?

FYI- like a lot of Linux distros, SteamOS is built on Debian 7, a stable vanilla release for people who know what they want. I just use deb7, not steam or steamos... but I guess Valve just added a nice default GUI and all the drivers+libraries you might need for a gaming box, the goal being to "just work" after beta testing.

WINE runs some Windows games decently, probably not the latest AAA titles but certainly lots of indie & older titles. Total crapshoot of course. May work one month and not the next.

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tnovelli

Re: It's unlikely to improve

DrXym, have you actually tried game coding in Linux within the past decade?

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tnovelli

Re: It's unlikely to improve

Speaking as a developer... Windows is a pain in the ass. Linux is easy if you're building a new game engine with OpenGL. It keeps getting better while Windows decays into a fragmented hell like Linux was 10 years ago. While I try to maintain a Windows build, it's an afterthought.

Expect to see some SteamOS exclusives, at least from indies.

For marketing purposes... SteamOS and Linux have a "cool factor" where Microsoft only has volume. Guess which is more important for a niche developer who's happy to get 10,000 sales.

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Lazy sysadmins rooted in looming Mozilla cert wipeout

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Re: PKI..

I'd like to scrap the whole CA infrastructure. It's no more trustworthy than self-signed certs; probably worse.

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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

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twitchy Doom 3?

FPSes are relatively tolerant of lag. They should be testing twitchy 2D games.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Windows

low-tech for me

I doubt anyone will read this far but... anyone else use a percolator? Or grind the beans with a mortar & pestle?

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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Android sucks too

You can't assume Microsoft haters are like that. Apple was hateworthy before Windows even existed, Google's been getting there for 10 years, and Linux ain't pretty either. Microsoft is merely the worst so far.

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Re: Big deal

Microsoft must spend a lot more than $15M. They seem to have people everywhere, especially in the public sector, pulling dirty tricks to undermine all their competition (open-source and otherwise).

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Re: Pretty sure we had...

Yep, they did the same thing in 2012. Maybe every year. Just keeps getting better....

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'Chinese crims' snatch 4.5 MILLION patient files from US hospitals

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Throw in the towel

It's utterly hopeless. I do my best to stay away from healthcare IT, and I've still seen some shit. I assume this kind of thing happens all the time and simply isn't detected, especially in CMMS and the other myriad government bureaucracies.

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Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN

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Re: Old news..

A store-and-forward network (uucp style) with random timing, random padding, and random routing.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: Too little, too late

If they made it open-source, BSD licensed... I'd give it a shot.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: Not saying PGP is perfect

Read the article. He said newer Elliptical Curve keys are a lot smaller, i.e. a 40-char MiniLock key equivalent to a ~10x bigger 3072-bit PGP key.

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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"a course that will school you to code from the console like a true neckbeard"

Nice... they're telling coders to man up. Yep, that's in there too.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Lastpass

there's KeePassX - open source & cross platform

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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$10/yr is the tip of the iceberg

Much much more when you have multiple domains, wildcard domains, CDNs, etc in a business/organization. Plus the time spent/wasted coordinating with contractors and subs, explaining arcane bullshit, getting certs purchased, installation, configuring crazy old backend stacks to work with SSL, patching OpenSSL, downtime due to expired certs, etc, etc.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

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Re: Mobile-specific web pages are usually a UI travesty

Can't zoom? Blame Apple for this nonsense which originated on early iPhones:

<meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">

You need that if you want a mobile site to fill the screen width and only scroll vertically (because 4-way scrolling on a phone is pretty horrible). You can say user-scalable=yes, but users will zoom in by accident and then wonder why everything's broken. What a trainwreck.

Oh, apparently Android browsers ignore this... but web designers all use Apple.

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Comcast, Time Warner boost net speeds in Google Fiber city – COINCIDENCE?

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Probably coincidence

Guys, the original article says the cable companies are only increasing speeds from 25-50 to 50-105 mbps, nothing close to Google's 1gbps. Seems to be typical for urban areas. I live in a semi-rural town of 30,000... last year Comcast upgraded service to 25-50 mbps, for real, pretty consistently. They serve a decent chunk of the surrounding rural towns too.

Problem is the lack of competition, unserved rural areas, and apparently inadequate infrastructure in some cities. State/municipal broadband gradually rolling out though... maybe that's what's keeping the cable companies on their toes.

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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Re: Firebuggered?

If they wanted to do it right, they could show a "recommended extensions" dialog after installation, also available from Addons. Want pdfjs and sync? Want our devtools and/or firebug? Various ad blockers? Check the boxes.

But I guess the extension architecture might be inadequate somehow, and the recommendations might be unfair or "whatever's most popular".

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ESR, heh

If only end-users used ESR... like back In the good old days -- of 2012 -- when ESR was "release", 25-28 would've been would've been 5.0-beta, and 29-31 would've been 5.0-rc1, rc2, rc3... and end-users were not auto-upgraded to a new release which breaks everything.

I remember there being some "move the web forward" rationale for this, having to do with HTML5 and security patches. Time to rethink that. Yes, Microsoft is actually setting a good example, problem is nobody trusts them, for good reason.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: Memory growth in v29+ on Win 7

Yeah, FF 29 broke Firebug 1.12, so you need 2.0, but there have been serious bugs in that too. 2.0.2 came out last week; maybe that's the long-awaited fix.I can't confirm, as I reverted to FF 24 when 29 came out, and I shifted to Chrome for development earlier this year. In that time I've learned that Chrome has some nasty bugs as well. Screw 'em all.

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50,000 sites backdoored through shoddy WordPress plugin

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Re: Old news - WordPress is a disaster

WWW is a huge pile of fail. FTFY.

And we keep coming back for more....

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Consumers?

It's up to document producers (also known as government bureaucrats) to lead the way.

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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AdBlock

Just subscribe to the Privacy / Tracking / AntiSocial filter lists. No "like" buttons, no GA, no AddThis... it's beautiful.

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