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Comment: Re:systemd (Score 1) 359

by Ben Hutchings (#49555157) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

A win for rude, pushy and obnoxious people who shouted loudest and longest and ignored everyone else...

Well that's what I see from the systemd detractors, not its proponents. They're still shouting loudly, in the comments on every article even tangentially related to it. Of course they are being ignored by systemd proponents and most neutral parties because they mostly repeat the same myths and slurs.

Comment: Re:not enough noise over systemd (Score 1) 359

by Ben Hutchings (#49554187) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released

A true free and open process would be to include a choice at installation/upgrade time between the choices. If I do have a choice on the web server, on the DNS server, on the mail server, even on the kernel, on the shell that I deliver for my users [...]

You can't choose any of those through the installation GUI. All of them require a custom pre-seeded install or post-install action.

If you upgrade an x86 system, both systemd and sysvinit will be installed and you can select sysvinit from the GRUB menu.

Comment: Re:If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It! (Score 1) 209

by Ben Hutchings (#49473373) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh
Because it wasn't tested well enough? For example, in the case of the system call entry path, Andy Lutomirski found a bunch of bugs over the past few months - including CVE-2014-4508, CVE-2014-9090 and CVE-2015-2830. His changes for 4.1 include the addition of regression tests as well as cleaning up that code.

Comment: Re:Good. +1 for Google. (Score 1) 176

Yet all the browsers consider unencrypted connections more secure than connections encrypted with a self signed certificate.

No. They consider that entering or following a link to an 'https:' URL means that you expect a secure connection. In this context, a self-signed certificate that has not been whitelisted is an error.

Comment: Re:wikipedia have not only messed that (Score 1) 264

This is good news; I'm glad to see at least one misogynist leaving Wikipedia.

Sadly, it still seems to be run by a bunch of young white guys fighting for the importance of hosting porn and claiming the consensus of their privileged group is "neutral". ArbCom has censured admins for fighting back against lies spread by GamerGate, with a ban that may apparently prevent them fixing any abusive edits to articles about women.

Comment: Re:Not full duplex (Score 1) 47

As described, It is full duplex - both sides transmit simultaneously and have to cancel their own signal and its echoes from the combined received signal. Twisted-pair Ethernet already works this way, but in the radio medium the echoes must be even more challenging to model and cancel.

Comment: Re:Thunderbolt == PCI-E (Score 1) 392

by Ben Hutchings (#49237231) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?
USB host controllers generally support DMA, but the drivers on the host do all the buffer management so the device cannot choose which addresses to read and write. Of course, it can take advantage of driver bugs such as the HID descriptor parsing bugs that were fixed in Linux a few years ago.

Comment: Re:What's TSYNC ? (Score 1) 338

by Ben Hutchings (#49221961) Attached to: Google Chrome Requires TSYNC Support Under Linux

This is why I claim it's spyware. Sure, you can turn most of those things off, but the intent of turning them on by default is to capture that information from most users.

you know what I don't use every day? Debian, Do you know why? People like you. I've been using Linux for 20 years and it's people like you that get in the way of progress.

I'm not getting in the way of anything. The kernel is team-maintained and I've explained how this change can be made without my help.

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.