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Comment: Re:Interesting person (Score 1) 284 284

"Intolerant" is defining "intolerant" as: "Intolerant is baking a cake for a person that's on their fourth marriage while refusing to bake one for a lesbian couple that is finally able to marry after twenty years together"...

Passing moral judgement on the act may be intolerant, but providing an example of behavior which is objectively intolerant is not, itself, an intolerant behavior.

Comment: Re:Vote with your feet (Score 1) 351 351

I'm not happy about the addition of the Pocket code, but mostly because it's a proprietary service.

I suspect that if you actually measured disk, network (download), or memory use for the Pocket code, "bloat" claims are going to look wildly exaggerated.

Pocket aside, Firefox is still my favorite browser, and one of the least bloated available. Compared to Chrome: smaller download, smaller install, uses considerably less RAM when displaying the same set of tabs, faster startup, faster JavaScript, and I can run my own sync server if I want.

But by far the most important: extensions on the mobile version! I hate browsing without AdBlock. And since I want to sync bookmarks between my mobile and desktop systems, I use Firefox on both.

Comment: Re:Share your "encryption network" with Suckerberg (Score 1) 138 138

You have an awfully high opinion of yourself, for someone who misses the obvious.

If the NSA wants to know with whom you exchange encrypted email, they can get that information by watching your email. PGP and SMIME don't encrypt SMTP envelope data (metadata).

Any graph that FB builds would hardly be useful. It would be incomplete, because there are many established means of sharing public key data. And beyond that, viewing someone's key isn't a strong indication that you will email them with encryption. It is more likely to mean that you received a signed message and want to verify the signature.

Drop the "sheeple" attitude, please. It isn't helping to secure, well, anything. It isn't good advocacy. It makes you look bad, and by extension, it makes everyone who advocates for secure communications look bad.

Comment: Re:Share your "encryption network" with Suckerberg (Score 1) 138 138

if users don't want to self-sign keys

Self-signed keys offer the same level of security as PGP, with no additional drawbacks, and don't require additional software.

S/MIME was introduced as an alternative to PGP because all of the software required to implement it was already included in email clients that support SSL connections to servers. Because the implementation is simpler, S/MIME is superior to PGP in pretty much every way.

Comment: CyanogenMod (Score 1) 344 344

I'm a CyanogenMod user, but I don't think they're a serious player in the Android community.

Cyanogen split from their first actual customer, OnePlus, after a partnership that has been described as "rocky." I don't know what the problem was, but that sounds to me like the company isn't capable of meeting its customers needs.

Beyond poor customer service, the developers do not appear, from the outside, to have any experience project management. There was never a stable release of CyanogenMod 12.0, and hasn't been a stable release of 12.1 yet either. A reasonable release process would probably involve a code branch containing their tested, stabilized add-ons that they integrated with AOSP. New features should be developed in a separate branch and merged after they've been through testing, and during a window that's open after a release of the stable branch. None of that appears to be happening. The changelog for their nightly builds is a firehose of bug fixes and new features.

And beyond THAT, I've never heard of Cyanogen working to push any fixes upstream into AOSP. I would love to hear that they do. If not, they're building a patch set that will only grow over time, which will eternally increase their workload of integration with the upstream project

It's unsustainable. And that's sad, because I like one or two of the features they add to AOSP.

Comment: Re:Which RAID are they referring to? (Score 3, Informative) 226 226

That fix is actually in the wrong place. The fix for that is tracked in kernel.org's bugzilla # 98501. I'm not linking directly as linking to bugzilla tends to place too high a load on those systems. It's impolite.

Neil Brown said that he'd push the fix to Linus "shortly" at 2015-05-20 23:06:58 UTC. I still don't see the fix in Linus' tree.

Watch for a fix titled "md/raid0: fix restore to sector variable in raid0_make_request"

Comment: Re:The GPL (Score 1) 469 469

Well, no it isn't. Those "small executables" can not function outside the systemd infrastructure

That's weird. I always heard people hold up qmail as being very unix-y because it was a pipeline of small apps with a specific purpose. But those individual apps don't function outside of the qmail infrastructure.

Yes, the systemd binaries have a specific purpose. That's definitely in line with the UNIX philosophy. The alternate approach is for every tool to be a Turing-complete general-purpose processor. Some UNIX tools are that (bash, sed, awk), but not every one is.

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop