* Posts by Kobblestown

16 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015

Court sees Morissette Meter flip out as Oracle assumes anti-arbitration stance in pay dispute


IANAL but I think forced arbitration is a perversion of justice. Still not siding with Oracle though.

Feeling a bit gassy? Toshiba floats 16TB helium whopper


Re: WTF is 550TB/year workload rating ? limited endurance or something else

"Basically the manufacturers state that if the overall workload is kept below this threshold then the reliability of the drive will be as advertised. Exceeding the WRL rating reduces the reliability conferred."

It's probably just an excuse to not honor the warranty.

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed


Re: Middle ground

"avoiding leaking timing info generally means every instruction running for the worst-case time."

Not necessarily, IMO. You could have some flags in the cache that certain line was loaded speculatively and the flag is cleared when it's loaded for real. When it's in the cache but has the speculative flag then it's like not being there until the speculation is resolved. Obviously that would require hardware support but I think it's doable. I'm not a CPU designer though.

Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard


Re: Linux Noob question

If your Wi-Fi sits on a mini-PCIe card, as is often the case, I'd rather replace it with something well supported under Linux, like the Intel ones. They go for about 10-20 quid on Amazon. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi is sometimes soldered on the mainboard. There are some pretty small USB WiFi controllers but their usable range might not be that good as opposed to using the antennas inside the laptop.

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview


Well, it's a SOD for sure!

Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun


Re: VirtualBox Extensions Pack next?

The page at your last link greets me with a cookie acceptance dialog. Sorry, but I'm no longer clicking any "Agree and proceed" button at Oracle's site...



Just under the article (in the Whitepapers section) the first link is "Understanding the depth of the global ransomware problem". How appropriate.

Edit: Actually, I now see completely different list of whitepapers. Still, in light of the article, Java SE seems not much different from ransomware.

Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming


In any case, this a sad testament to what Varna has become.

To make conclusions for a whole city by a single person is pretty shortsighted, to put it mildly.

Disclaimer: I'm from Varna and I аm shortsighted, or rather, myopic - like all Varnians (варненци).

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge


Re: HERESY!!!!

Remember that this is the one religion where nobody has been killed in his name.

Sadly, I guess that's precisely what disqualifies it as religion...

True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd


Ok, but why not run FreeBSD directly? I haven't tried it many years but it always left good impressions. It always felt snappier than Linux. Except for Slackware but I haven't tried that for even longer.

Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install


Too expensive? Yeah, sure!

Reminds me of when Microsoft refused to localize Windows for my country saying that it would take them > $1million. And a local dude did it for free by replacing the strings in the binaries. It was only for a specific version of Windows (Win98 IIRC) but I'd never trust MS on such things again.

Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC


UEFI, Linux and other things

For UEFI+Linux the indispensable resource is Roderick Smith's page:


As for the firmware, I'd only ask for two things: (1) be entirely accessible via an RS-232 interface and (2) offer a way for you to be in complete control of your machine. Like get rid of the SMM mode that can be used to shaft your machine without any chance of you noticing. And no - running it in a virtual machine (!) as Intel suggests as remedy for the vulns (an SMM vuln can screw even TXT setup), doesn't quite cut it. Because who's controlling the SMM VM...?

Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites


"the Dell Service Tag pretty much only nails you down to the model"

I'm not a Dell Support Specialist but AFAIK the service tag is unique to each machine. And any third party can obtain the details of said machine but entering it manually in a Web form - I've done that for a couple of my machines.

ARM reveals the Internet of Things security defenses hackers will inevitably learn to evade


TrustZone user-tweakable boards?

Anyone here knows a good and cheap ARM board where the TrustZone feature is available for experiments by the user? Because usually it's initialized by the firmware and once this is done you cannot tamper with it (exploitable vulnerabilities notwithstanding). I need a board where TrustZone is left alone until I say so.

Temperature of Hell drops a few degrees – Microsoft emits SSH-for-Windows source code


Re: Cygwin SSH server

"1) You don't need to install all the cygwin stuff (and maintain it yourself)"

Well, but Cygwin is always the first thing I install on any Windows machine I use. Ok, the second one - I furst install Firefox and then use it to download the Cygwin setup utility. BTW, is there some native Windows application akin to the 'screen' terminal multiplexer?

"3) It should be better integrated with Windows security and accounting - i.e. in many situations you may wanto to know from Windows logs who connected and when, and manage permission through active directory."

Not my use case, really. But just out of curiosity - can Cygwin be set up for LDAP authentication against AD. Anyone here knows? It can be done statically with mkpasswd but it would certainly be better to be always up to date with AD.


Cygwin SSH server

So how is it better than Cygwin's SSH server (apart from the use of CryptoAPI)? I have used it for years to log in to Windows machines. I don't use PowerShell but I assume I can invoke it from a Cygwin shell. Or is that not the case? I'm genuinely asking.

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