* Posts by Bronek Kozicki

1752 posts • joined 6 Sep 2007

Revive revived: Oculus DRM push shattered as DIY devs strike back

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Pirates?

Bloody hell, this has nothing to do with pirating games, and everything to do with allowing people to play the games they legally purchased. It is Oculus' own goal to couple the hardware recognition with game DRM!

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Intel's Knights Landing lands

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I dont know

on one hand, such a number of threads running would be a boon for some calculations Im running, on the other hand without support for TSX, the synchronization between threads is going to seriously cut into performance numbers. I guess I will wait this one out.

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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Happy

well, at this moment I'm happy to be ARM shareholder.

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Microsoft releases open source bug-bomb in the rambling house of C

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Re: C is not an applications programming language

Windows is written in C, not C++.

Nope, it is written in both. Kernel is in C, huge majority of userspace code in C++. I signed NDA but this much I can reveal, and I do not think much has changed since the time I saw these sources.

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Re: This being Micro$hit...

This is open source under MIT license - which means it is not much relevant. Yes someone will find bugs, you have a guarantee for this. Someone will fix these bugs. Perhaps someone will fork the whole project in order to fix the bugs differently, or for any other reason. Not relevant, because you can take existence of bugs for granted. What's relevant is that there is an effort for standarized (i.e. portable) way to beat bugs in other C programs. I would drink to that.

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VMware fires Photon missile

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Yay, open source

As in, use someone else's work released under appropriate license, and put it in the very middle of your product.

Not that I'm complaining (much), but it would seem appropriate to show credits upfront.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: What's all this then?

I guess that's the crux of the matter: IMPORTING high grade crypto kit isn't illegal ... but it could be made illegal. And if you think that such theoretical ban would only catch US-based companies, look at FATCA and then think again.

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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Re: I'm glad to see this.

yup, know the feeling ... :( That's why I think everyone should have their own distro. With minimum effort. And pigs will fly.

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Re: Red Hat

Because RedHat stands behind competing technology and yes, it relies on systemd. They will are unlikely to invest much, if anything, into Snap.

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Red Hat

Red Hat is also listed as validating the system, but Shuttleworth said progress has been comparatively slow.

why, of course Red Hat needs more time - they need to find a way to integrate snapd into systemd first!

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GitHub presses big red password reset button after third-party breach

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Re: I don't have a phone

Dude, two-factor authentication does not need a smartphone. The ones I have seen which do rely on phone, use text messages (i.e. SMS), that's technology supported by all mobile phones since previous century.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Unhappy

very sad news

Condolences to the family

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DataCore dominating SPC-1 benchmark on price–performance

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Re: Parallelizing server IO

yes, and that was smart choice it would appear. Specialised software can get really good at performing one task only.

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Norway might insist on zero-emission vehicles by 2025

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Re: What about oil production?

On the subject, I was last week watching a Norwegian TV series "Occupied". Quite interesting view on what might happen if Norway decided to stop exploring oil.

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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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Falcon 9 home

Despite noticeable tilt, the Falcon 9 booster made it safely back to SpaceX facilities in Florida. Here are the pictures

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Re: "...angular velocity..."

... the geostationary satellites go round once a day as well. This holds true for any altitude, otherwise it would not be geostationary

... and the only altitude where a satellite can remain stable in a circular orbit and at speed matching Earth's rotation, is just this one, roughly 22.2k miles. Additionally for a satellite to remain in a fixed location relative to Earth it must be above equator (and not any other great circle). Hence, what we normally call geostationary orbit is just this one, at a specific altitude and relation to Earth rotation. Which is why it is called the geostationary orbit.

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For a little bit of excitement

Two tweets from Elon Musk

Rocket landing speed was close to design max & used up contingency crush core, hence back & forth motion. Prob ok, but some risk of tipping.

Crush core is aluminum honeycomb for energy absorption in the telescoping actuator. Easy to replace (if Falcon makes it back to port).

(for lack of better icon)

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They do have NASA contract for ISS supplies, 3 in this year, of which the nearest is planned on 16th July. Seems like perfect opportunity to test Falcon 9 reusability :)

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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I've read the original article

... and my impression was that there was no choice in suppliers of these generic drugs, because they are just not popular enough. The drugs even though generic, are apparently exclusive to the suppliers. So it is more failure of the competition (or, perhaps, failure of regulation) rather than the buyer. At least that was my impression from reading of the article.

But perhaps I've read a different article today morning in The Times, or missed some important point.

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Windows 10 zero day selling for $90,000

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Re: This:

It is expensive in terms of programmer hours needed to reverse engineer the hack, then find and fix the bug being exploited. However the most expensive part is usually testing. Normally both programmer hours and test resources are budgeted to current projects, and even though there are teams dedicated to this kind of work, they are normally busy with paying (support) customers.

Not that I would know much about it.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Depressing list

... but there is a silver lining - Lenovo seem to have learned a lesson. Now is the time to teach it to other vendors.

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Compatibility before purity: Microsoft tweaks .NET Core again

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Interesting

So basically Microsoft are making an effort to make .NET Core attractive platform on Linux, also for migration of applications from Windows, by providing developers with access to basic APIs they are used to on Windows.

Not trying to get into the motivation or future plans in regard to .NET Core on Linux (for what I know there could be many plans, any one opposing others), but the move is certainly interesting.

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Should space be a biz-free zone? Join us on June 22 to find out

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Re: Sounds like a good event

It's a good plan, except for the "large" part. It would have to be not only very, very large but also very, very strong and very, very heavy. All of those are exact opposite of things which are not-so-extraordinary-expensive to get into orbit.

Here is alternative plan - very light craft with ion propulsion, able reaching delta V with minimal expenditure of propellant.

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HR botches redundancy so chap scores year-long paid holiday

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Re: The rest of the story...

Better than original story, have one on me

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Mars' poles shrink during ice ages, boffins say

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This could be related to the fact that Martian Poles do their plumbing with CO2 , not with water.

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Euro Patent Office prez's brake line cut – aka how to tell you're not popular

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It is worth explaining that EPO has been granted sovereignty status by the European Comission, hence no local laws apply and its president has status almost equal to that of a head of state (totalitarian one). More on this here

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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Re: Grey area

first direct gives out OTP token to normal account users.

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

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first thing first

Copy Hook Handlers are never called by Windows kernel, they are in-process libraries called only in user mode by Windows Explorer (i.e. what purports to be shell under Windows).

The whole uproar seems to be about bastardization of BSD-derived kernel of OSX. In which case, let me be allowed to cite from a comment above "What's wrong with fuse?"

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Stone me! Pebble bags $7m

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Re: How to get in on these scams

I do not know what you are referring to above, but definitely not Pebble. They have a history of delivering solid smartwatches and on time. This is why they were the most popular smartwatch vendor before Apple joined this game. They also make better products than Apple, which 1) do not require constant charging 2) show time no matter whether you move your wrist or not.

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CentOS Linux 6.8 lands

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Yay, new release based on the oldest kernel there is! The funny thing there are actually tons of enterprise environments where they fear new kernels (and new major releases) like fire, and may like to jump to this release. On the other hand, they fear any change so much, might ignore this release as well.

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E-Ink goes full colour

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According to Business Wire, this display can be seen today and tomorrow at Moscone Center in San Francisco, booth #521, more information at conference website

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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

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Here is an idea: garbage collection of containers. Randomly shutdown (do not remove the data, for at least one year) containers which have not been monitored by appropriate application monitoring tool for extended period of time, then wait until someone starts complaining. Of course, some application monitoring needs to be in place, so if your organization is only monitoring the infrastructure but not the applications, that is not enough to instantiate such policy (and also part of the reason why you might not know what-the-hell-is-that-thing-doing)

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The underbelly of simulation science: replicating the results

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Re: and this is called chaos theory...

It's amazing how many scientists haven't got the first clue about Floating-Point Arithmetic. FTFY.

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Re: What happens if you drop it?

I am pretty sure there will be large market of covers for these things

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Microsoft .NET Core update asks developers: How you doin'?

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Re: This is interesting

I am referring to ASP.NET Core running on .NET Core and I am aware of the difference.

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This is interesting

I used .NET some 10 years ago, before I moved to writing other things mostly on Linux. Even in early versions, it showed more promise than the rat's nest called PHP. It will be welcome addition to web platforms available on Linux. Yes there is plenty already, but they all have their faults (of course, .NET has different faults, so there is something for everyone).

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Help! We're being crushed, cry billionaire cable giants

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Re: Bah!

I think "tectonic" is meant as a compliment to federal agency, finally doing its job. Of course they dress it as a complaint, but endless experience demonstrated that these companies easily confuse these two :)

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

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Few years ago, companies like this one basically forced me to change home phone number - initially it was one call a week, and after few months it was more like every second day. I regret I have not filled complaint with ICO.

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

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Trollface

Yes. Yes, they do.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Re: Noise?

Noise usually refers to a bunch of apparently (and quite possibly, actually) unrelated small commits which fix a thing here, and there, and there. When you read the commit log, it just looks like "noise".

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Re: Adblock on Edge

I dislike GUI of Firefox, Chrome and family, but am tempted to try Vivaldi . Not version 1.0 though

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Re: Intriguing...

... it would be very surprising if they could use much of Linux's code even if they were inclined to be naughty.

Yes, it would be surprising, but that's besides the point.

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Re: @djack symlink support for Linux subsystem

junctions do not work on files (only on directories), IIRC

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Re: Intriguing...

No, open sourcing this code would help troubleshooting any weird issues that user mode Linux application might have when running on top of it. Besides, it would provide evidence that their implementation of Linux system calls is indeed "clean room".

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Windows will definitely not turn into a Linux distribution - Microsoft is keen to maintain its own user land APIs and its own kernel. However I do allow the possibility that they will invite more and more Linux user land into Windows, perhaps even open source the Linux subsystem (that would be nice). It is good politics for them, given that Azure is running lots of Linux instances. I won't be surprised if at one point they will use this technology to support Linux containers on top of Windows kernel (I am not suggesting that this would be such a great idea).

You need to remember that "cloud" is a cash cow for Amazon, and Microsoft badly needs a new cash cow since the current ones are turning little ... old. In this light it makes sense investing money into any technology that will make Azure more competitive.

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symlink support for Linux subsystem

"A range of improvements to Bash on Ubuntu sees Symlinks within Windows Subsystem for Linux now work on the mounted Windows directories."

I won't use Linux subsystem under Windows 10 much (my Windows 10 is running in a virtual machine, and I run separate Linux VM too) but I know that symlinks under Windows were always tricky. It is nice to see commitment on the side of Microsoft to this subsystem, with them having implemented support for symlinks (even if only sufficient to make Linux subsystem work).

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Re: Good

Yes, seeing the back of this "feature" is a nice surprise.

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

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yeah, that's my favourite kind of change log ...

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'Dirty Page Logs' coming to future vSphere release

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VMWare catching up with kvm

PML was supported in Linux kvm since version 4.0, over 1 year ago. Which is not a surprise, since without the support Intel would have no means to test this feature in real use cases and obviously it cannot rely on VMWare implementing features in timely manner.

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