* Posts by lsatenstein

23 posts • joined 26 Mar 2011

Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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Encryption with backdoor is not encryption

Once there is a encryption algorithm backdoor (as exists with AES), a computer challenge to hack the algorithm to determine the methods used would be offered and that backdoor entry will be known to everyone. What will happen, in my view, to circumvent that problem is that there will be pre-encryption of information perfomed on a second system and that data is walked across to a physically separate separate system before it hits the storage and transmission software.

Computers are now fast enough to encrypt voice before it hits the packetizing software. Your conversation could be monitored, but that's it. The voice message can be encrypted live before leaving the computer.

Of course, the government would want access to your hardware. But what if the encryption was done by a service out of reach of the government?

As well. One could use a random interspersal of several algorithms to do encryption, where for example, some group of bytes are encrypted with one algorithm, and the other group with another. It could be the same algorithm, but with different encryption keys.

Treat encryption like a mamal being pregnant. Its either yes, or no --secure or backdoored.

You can't have security if the government wants to have access to your hardware and transmissions.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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Re: How about testing it ?

Lenova makes hardware, not software. They purchase the bios code or pay a royalty fee. Software updates come from Lenova's supplier(s).

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Most of the time the hardware manufacturers contract out the software (eg bios for ssds). It then becomes a maintenance issue. The software vendor may be overwhelmed and not setup for anything but one operating system version.

When complaints arrive, they are investigated. It takes at least 20+ common complaints before it becomes significant.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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Re: Dear Senator McCain

From one of the Canadian Perspectives (me), Hillary Clinton is by far a better leader than Trump.

Trump is a loner, he doesn't lead or develop careers. I imagine that he will do the same nepotism for the country as he did for his kids.

We may call HC a lier, but her lies were based on memory recall -- Just look at your hero "Donald exaggerating insulting Trump" He nicknamed every opponent. I would take crazy Bernie, or Lier Hillory any day. I will always take someone who talks with body language, than with Trump and his hands. Watch whatever clip of Narcissistic insulting Trump. He distracts you with his obsessive hand waving. If he makes it to President, what's he going to do, "Wave his hands at all problems that a President will encounter".

As an onlooker, I felt that young Rubio would do a substantially better job than Trump. Sadly, I will miss Obama.

Just realize the danger of a Republican Congress followed by a Republican Senate, followed by a Republican Majority of Judges in the Supreme court followed by a Republican President. Are the senior generals in the Army Republicans?

It is a great opportunity for anarchy.

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Fedora 24 is here. Go ahead – dive in

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I will wait for Fedora24 to work for me. It is not what I want to use as it now is.

Fedora 23 was and is a great version. I started using it with the beta version, and I am still continuing to use it.

I will not be upgrading to Fedora 24 for the reason that follows.

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1342533

Here is what I am reporting and my justification for not using F24 at this time. It does not work with my APC UPS.

A UPS is an emergency backup power supply. It's role is to provide power to the desktop system when there is a power failure. The UPS can take over during short power failures. When there are fewer than two minutes of reserve power in the UPS, the system receives a "poweroff" message/command, from the UPS allowing previous Fedora Linux's to perform a controlled safe shutdown.

If the UPS is not readable by Fedora 24, the system will not know about a power failure and it will run until the UPS battery is exhausted and then crash.

So what's the big deal. When the power fails, one can lose the entire system.

If your system is run on a spinning 7200rpm disk, the unplanned failure can perhaps damage one or two tracks of the disk in the time it takes to complete one or two disk rotations. It can do that damage in 1/5th of a millisecond (0.2ms). Most of the time the file system's journal can often be used to recover lost data.

But when your system is based on an SSD, the entire SSD can be wiped clean in 1/100th of a millisecond or 0.01 milliseconds. The SSD's file system's journal most probably is not be able to recover, forcing a completely new Fedora 24 installation. The SSD is up to 100 times faster than a spinning disk and damage can be 100 times more extensive.

So, for a desktop (not a laptop), if one wants data protection, the system should communicate with the UPS. That communication works fine with Fedora 23, SUSE Tumbleweed, Centos, Scientific Linux, and thus far, all Linux versions prior to Fedora 24.

If you have a UPS connected to your desktop computer and the system does not recognize that you have a UPS, add your logon to the above bug. Bugs from individuals are not acted on, but bugs from multiple users are.

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Exablox co-founder Tad Hunt flies the coop

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What, if any was Hunt's economic compensation? Is it a case of "No trickle down/?

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Big Blue weeps as another 8% slips off its storage scales

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IBMs become too lean and too short term focused.

At one time, IBM was the company many IT experts desired to work for. Then the era of the laptop, 64bit computing, Unix / Linux appeared, and IBM found it's having difficulty selling big systems. That started the era of cut costs. Keep only marketing and a shrival of R&D people.

IBM pruned and pruned itself. It became an expensive hosting company, it slowed development of its main operating systems and new hardware. It became a consulting firm for projects in the ERP realm, and then, when that dried up, IBM dried up.

At one time we bought PCs, IBM typewriters, and IBM products. Today, iBM, as IBM is run, it is a has-been company, simply relying on its patents and some AIX stuff to sustain itself.

IBM's problem is that it's margins are too high to today's world. Innovation in IT is happening at a rate faster than IBM's ability to adapt.

What can IBM do? Look at futures and where they are going. Look at vehicle and home automation technology. Sell the data centers or lease them out to better management. Get into very high speed communications, particularly inter-machine. and machine-network.

Stop selling off assets that are critical for the future.

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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I love Fedora21. Anaconda is as simple as can be. It is idiot proof. and if you can't press onto some icons in front of you, then what can we say. My granddaughter, age 11, did my installation. She never saw Linux before, and only uses FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter.

There are buttons that must be visited if they have an orange flag with the icon. How difficult is that, to click, respond by reading two or three lines in very simple English.

Yes, my granddaughter did the Gnome installation. And I am responding with the version she installed.

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We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

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Now expect all the religions to hop on board

can we see:

.hebrew .buddah, .hindu .muslim .christian .agnostic .athiest and a whole bunch of other religions hopping onboard as domains?

Or when it was stated .wind or .vin, how about .auto .tourism and .freeforall

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Not all People are IT people, Hardware vendors still prefer MS and MS formatted disks.

Android tablets, Apple tablets, are allowing people to do what they mostly used laptops for. -- to communicate with social media, or perform internet searches.

To format a hard disk with a Linux version or any software takes manpower, and dollars. With a paid operating system(windows, for example), that is something hardware vendors appreciate.

Hardware vendors are assemble to order, manufacturers. They purchase what they require in chips, as long as a vendor produces the drivers for same. Ergo, graphics, sound, network hardware is provided driver support by the vendor of said chips. The vendor subcontracts out the driver code to a third party.

In summary, if you pay Asus, INTEL, Lenova, HP, Dell, and others to take hard disks you provide, including all appropriate software drivers, and you can guarantee a certain number of sales, Linux would be on the shelves of mail-order houses.

Linux would not be sold by Big Box stores, as they want their profit for selling update copies of the operating system. Everyone along the way has their hand in your pocket.

And that is why, in my view, Linux is going nowhere.

What to do about it? Put a few Linux vendors together as a consortium to produce a commercial product that can be free and open source, or just Open source. Provide technical support and advertising. Compete with Apple, Microsoft, and Android. Do that and Linux would rise to #1

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Oracle: Get your Red Hat Linux patches from us, it's easier

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Re: Oracle's RHEL update service?

Oracle is probably a RedHat linux customer with one and only one license. Therefore, in every religious manner, they are stealing RedHats livelihood. Despicable is what Oracle actions are.

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Oracle stealing from RedHat

Oracle is a Red Hat customer, but wants to provide patches to Red Hat Linux. RedHat linux patches are for supporting Red Hat products.

What Ellison is doing is stealing and whoring. In all fairness, RedHat and others should promote SQL software in direct competition to Oracle, and should also provide Oracle patches, at a substantial lower price than that originating from Oracle itself.

If you steal a persons food, you are despicable. Anyone who stays with Oracle contributes to an immoral company

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Fedora 'Spherical Cow' delayed by bugs, Secure Boot

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Re: I don't get it

RedHat is the mother distribution, Fedora is the daughter. Fedora is to RedHat and what Rawhide is to Fedora.

A bank cannot afford to Linux crash ever. So yes, better automated testing should be the way. We in the field are the atomatons.

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Re: Fedora should go to 9-monthly schedules

You are right that Fedora should go for 9 monthly schedules. Alternatively,. if Fedora had more developer and Q/A resources, they would be able to stick to six monthly cycles.

When you go to 9 month release cycles, there is a tendancy to overload the next cycle with too many new things. In fact, smaller steps of 3 months, with fewer new things might be better. Then there are the ones who say, continuous improvements are best (Debian style).

I think that Fedora takes on too many new features in the 6 month schedule, thus giving credance to your suggestion.

It may very well be that Fedora was late in starting to look at secure boot. Perhaps they should have started one year ago, and not just after Fedora 17. If Secure boot is a success, other distributions will share the code and follow suite. Yes, we have a delay. By the way, I have installed F18 on a clean disk, and for the most part it works just fine. I really find that the applications work as well as ever. It is delayed because of secure boot , the problems with the logon interface and security checking (sudo, logon after timeout and lock, etc.)

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Re: I'll give them credit.

Fedora is the test bed for a whole series of ports of the RedHat distribution. Even Oracle takes from RedHat, and then undercuts RedHat in attempts to hurt RH. That is, Oracle steals from it's mother.

As far as interfaces is concerned. In the first month of use, I went from disliking Gnome3 to getting more familiar with it, and looking for the good stuff in it. I am now certain that Gnome3 and Unity are going to persist, while KDE will come in a close third. Other gui interfaces such as xfce will also be next to KDE.

I use both Ubuntu and Fedora, and really, can't choose between them for superiority. So, give credit for being able to download free Linux Distributions. How much less cost than that can you have?

Ubuntu is now realizing that you need a revenue to be able to continue to provide a free distribution. In this regard, they are building in interfaces to the Ubuntu Store, to Amazon, etc. This should not detract from the excellent distribution that it is. Fedora serves as the test bed for RedHat.

By the way, both distributions are looking to China, where a billion people will result in many many adopters of either. China also has it's local distributions, and we should look to see some of them made available in English.

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The Z-Factor: Meet the Simon Cowell of Linux

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Yes, Canonical is jealous of RedHat.

I run 4 distributions on my desktop computer. Two of them are Fedora (32bit and 64bit), and two of them are Ubuntu (32 and 64bit). I also have windows.

When installing any version of UBUNTU, the installer will never build a grub.cfg that includes Fedora, or Centos.

I wondered if this is a bug, but now that I read the opening comments about Canonical, I realize it was intentional.

After installing Ubuntu, I run grub-mkconfig >/tmp/grub.cfg. I checked this grub.cfg out and it was complete. It included RedHat versions as well.

Fedora, Centos, Red Hat derivitaves developers don't lose any sleep about this.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Gnome3 and KDE

For a while after starting with Fedora 16 and Gnome 3 (I am currently testing Fedora 18), I got disillusioned with Gnome3. I started with KDE, and slowly got accustomed to it. KDE is very nice if you have a powerful system, as the underlying architecture is based on QT, the object oriented graphical interface.

My reticence to standardize on KDE (I use Fedora 17), was that some software updates were better done via Gnome. I also felt that it took a lot of cpu cycles after a logon, before I could do some coding.

I will return to KDE with Fedora 19, to spend two days per week with KDE, two days with Ubuntu and Unity, and three days per week with Gnome.

I write software and do testing with 32 bit and 64 bit systems. The two that I use mainly are debian based and RedHat based, My software has to work with all distributions.

I read today, that Torvalds has started to use KDE after some months with the xfce or other distribution.

It does not mean that Gnome is not a winner, but it means that Torvalds tastes at this time are for KDE:

Let me close with an analogy. I like to drive a Mercedes, and after the Mercedes, my other preference is a Nexus. Which do I like better?. It depends on the amount of gas in the tank. I enjoy riding in both.

Equate your Gnome GUI interface with Mercedes, and KDE with the other. Both allow you to get to where you want to go.

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Gnome 3 is maligned. Gnome3 is a new interface that has great potential

The Gnome2 interface is a keyboard mouse only interface. It was developed as a follow up from a Teletype interface. With the first few days of Gnome3, the menu interface was the one I did not want to abandon, because it was so familiar.

If you are coming from a Microsoft environment W7 or before, you know all about start menus etc. Gnome 2 kept me happy that way.

However, I have noted that some users collect several hundred applications on their desktop. And the things I hear out-loud are "Where did I save that xxxx application", or "what was that application name?"

Unity and Gnome started out together. I guess some staffing problems, Q/A problems and delivery delays resulted in Unity going it's way. And when it did it started a "my interface is better than yours" arguments.

Torvalds, like me, was so familiar with Gnome2 that to change and learn a new better paradigm became something he did not want to do.

But gradually, I realized that I could have a favourites bar, with our most used applications, and use the facilities in Gnome3 or Unity to present a list of applications matching some partial phrase I enter on the keyboard. (More than likely, in a later release, we will be able to speak the phrase and get to our program.)

So, the learning consists of a) With Gnome2, threaded a menu as my old standby How do I do it with Gnome 3.6?

After about 3 months of Gnome3.x I returned to Gnome2 and was uncomfortable with it. It seemed so amateurish. I even tried the halfway distribution "Mint", so see if cinnamon or Mate would pull me to Mint.

Gnome3.6 is very stable. It is as stable as Unity, or Unity is as stable as Gnome 3.x and between the two, I find one not better than the other.

There is a Gnome 3.x website where you can find tweaks. These will allow you some most amazing additional functionality.

What fails for me for both Gnome and Unity, is the ability for me to select an arbitrary folder, and have it's representation on the favourites bar. (A shortcut, in MS terms). With that shortcut, one click on the folder repeseenation should take me directly to that folder without all the extra keystrokes. I also started using the virtual desktop. (The tabs that are half out of view on the right side of the screen. The virtual tab is the alternative I use for that functionality right now.

Let me wind up with this. Egos are very high in the IT world. Some people feel they have exclusivity on intelligence or design, and when they find out that they don't or they have to compromise, or no longer like the challenges, they leave for other opportunities. Many times it is money that causes a career change.

With the staff losses, Gnome3 has to recruit and train replacements. This takes time, and a desire for the new people to gain a mindset. Gnome3 does have a development plan, which was posted several months ago. The author of this blog should do a search for it and confirm that Gnome has direction, is not floundering and that Gnome has a charter of where it wants to go in the next short while.

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Canonical kicks Kubuntu to the kerb

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KDE interface

I like it, I find it robust, and easily configurable. My software development is with Qt4.8 and I am told that KDE is written with Qt as the GUI interface.

I like an interface that I can mold to my habits. I don't enjoy interfaces that are not malleable.

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I left UBUNTU and have no regrets

My two distros (Fedora and Linux Mint) give me what I need. I develop software and have 32 bit systems of each, and 64 bit systems of each. You would be surprised that you need to test with both platforms.

UBUNTU Unity is fine for wide screen displays. It gets out of the way. However when one needs two windows open concurrently, it does not work well.

As a developer, the LTS version is superior to Unity, as I can have multiple large windows on the display.

I find however, the Fedora 16 is better suited to developers and users. Mint 12 locks up too frequently as I switch from terminal mode to GUI interface.

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UBUNTU will leave the desktop

For you UBUNTU Users, consider that the Linux future is with the Android and similar Linux distributions. And since UBUNTU's deep pockets have limits, there is a decision to stop this KBUNTU or Other Desktop investment where there are insufficient returns and look to cover expenses. Even a millionaire has limits on expenses that do not bear results.

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Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

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Counting the mouseclicks

The Unity interface is subconciously geared to one activity at a time. To have more than one and to switch between takes too many keystrokes. Also, when users have a wide screen, (such as 1920 x 1080), we would like to freeze the right half with some static information, and work with the left half, or viceversa. I did not see that in Unity's future.

Too many mouseclicks to switch from virtual desktop to another, or establish a virtual desktop.

I actually reverted to the 10.4.3 version with Long term support. I also use Fedora 16, with compiz, which gives me a half-half and a comfortable interface, with fewer mouse clicks needed to move from window to window, and also the ability to have multiple windows available at one time.

Unity can be salvaged if in the favourites, one can post folder links. This would provide a means to have a rapid view and quick mouse click switch.

I also have tried and do like Linux Mint. However, I have not decided if that is the one for me.

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Steve Jobs vindicated: Google Android is not open

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Honeycomb

From what I read, there was nothing in the Google announcement that stipulated that Honeycomb would not be open source.

The quote I read indicated that Honeycomb was work-in-process code and not ready for widespread release.

So, why not allow the Google resources to complete their work and pass judgement then.

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