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Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 746

Looks over at the stock market, Apple's stock price this fine Sunday morning is $117.81

Apple in 2015 isn't going through a OS restructuring that started almost 20 years ago. The company survived the transition. Look at the stock price in the mid 1990s through early 2000s. Counting the splits around $.60-$1.50.

So as for lack of clue....


How Bad of a World Are We Really Living In Right Now? 176

New submitter Y.A.A.P. writes: Slate has a surprisingly relevant article of the state of the world today. A reasonable number of graphs and statistical comparisons show that our world is more peaceful than it has been for a long time. The article tells us that, despite what most news outlets (and political candidates) tell us, The World Is Not Falling Apart. Well, not from violence, at least.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 45

Does not help. Linux is making competent people a lot saver, but it will do nothing for incompetent ones, unless they are willing to pay for professional system administration. The difference is that even with professional system administration, Windows remains a problem, while Linux is not. But without it, they are both insecure.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 746

J - Non process managed systems are simply not going to be supported.
P - Unsupported by who? Who gets to decide what is supported and what is not?

The GUI developers. Developers are who get to decide what OS components are going to be dependencies for their software. Debian changed because there were strong signs that developers were starting to introduce hard dependencies for systemd. While those could be overcome for Jessie, the feeling of the Debian people is that in 2 1/2 years there wouldn't be a choice. And while the switch in 2014/5 introduced some bugs the switch in 2017 would be much worse. The anti-systemd people (who are mainly low end system admins) refused to accept that developers don't want to deal with the ever increasing complexity managing complex process management using init. The issue was upstream from Debian, having the argument with Debian was living in denial.

As hardware gets more complex making a more complex uses possible, the underlying OS needs to become more complex to support it. There was a very disruptive change in PCs when people moved from single tasking to multi-tasking. It destroyed Amiga. It cost Microsoft something like $8b. It essentially destroyed Apple. Lots of people argued that task switching was good enough and much less disruptive. But ultimately everyone (excluding some embedded systems) switched to vastly more complex systems which had kernels with more in common mini computer kernels from a decade earlier than the CP/M, DOS and simple Unix kernels of a decade earlier. Notification is the beginning, but once notification works you are 80% of the way there to really exciting features. 10 years from now the idea of a human trying to manage service dependency will be as quant as writing assembler is today.

Comment Re:Where was the CIA, FBI and NSA... (Score 1) 290

Indeed. And as the population is even dumber than usual (because they are kept in fear), nobody notices that forensics has no preventative value whatsoever and does make nobody any more secure. The problem is that forensics can also be used to discredit people. Example: Have a presidential candidate that want to cut NSA or CIA funding? Just see what you can dig up on them, and there always will be something.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 746

A simple window manager wouldn't be dependent on a process manager. A GUI however is going to be dependent on a process manager. Kwin and Mutter don't require systemd, KDE and Gnome do. GUIs need many processes to be running and communicating with each other. Which means when things go wrong they need to resolve it. A GUI needs to provide process management. Modern GUIs in particular, where there is an expectation of dozens of processes running notifying the user require quite sophisticated process management. Arguably the thing that drove the biggest change in Gnome 3 / KDE 4 from Gnome 2 / KDE 3 was introducing a framework dependent on much more sophisticated process management because they wanted notification to work well.

So for Linux either:

a) Each GUI provides process management and most applications can't be cross GUI
b) The GUIs agree to share a process management framework and then there is a hard dependency between the GUI and this process management framework.

In the days of Gnome 1, KDE 1/2 the world looked more like (a) where neither GUI had a desire for the other GUIs apps to run well. Linux was then in the process of forking into two incompatible operating systems. The customer base however objected to this fork and since then the move has been towards (b). There is no reason in 2015 to object to process management while using a modern GUI. FVWM, Fluxbox, Sawfish etc... never claimed to provide this kind of service so of course those window manager are likely to continue to run fine on distributions that don't use systemd. As time goes on the less sophisticated Linux products are going to need to provide viable means of running large numbers of processes that have dependencies on one another and resolving dependency issues in real time. Non process managed systems are simply not going to be supported.


France Using Emergency Powers To Prevent Climate Change Protests ( 217

Bruce66423 writes: Following the Paris massacre, the French government declared a state of emergency. One of the regulations this introduced was control of large scale gatherings, and one of the events that is being caught up in this is planned protests to do with the Climate Change conference in Paris next month. This has resulted in some activists being put under house arrest — yet other gathering, such as commercial street markets — are being allowed to go ahead. Funny that; anyone would think that the government is using the opportunity to suppress dissent.

Comment Re:Some people don't understand the word "former" (Score 1) 290

You reasoning is faulty. This is not intelligence tactics. This is PR. (Also, I do not hold a security clearance, so I can post whatever my pertaining observations are, unlike the about 5 million US citizens that have been muzzled that way...)

It works like this: Have a known former employee or close associate to who you maintain close ties spread some information or statement. Most people will see it as coming from you, but if it causes a stir, it will just be their "private opinion".


VTech Hack Exposes Data On 4.8 Million Adults, 200,000 Kids ( 64

New submitter lorenzofb writes: A hacker broke into the site of the popular toy company VTech and was able to easily get 4.8 million credentials, and 227k kids' identities using SQL injection. The company didn't find out about the breach until Motherboard told them. According to Have I Been Pwned, this is the fourth largest consumer data breach ever. "[Security specialist Troy Hunt] said that VTech doesn't use SSL web encryption anywhere, and transmits data such as passwords completely unprotected. ... Hunt also found that the company's websites "leak extensive data" from their databases and APIs—so much that an attacker could get a lot of data about the parents or kids just by taking advantage of these flaws."

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