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Comment: Re:Got my CD in the mail a few days ago (Score 1) 143

by NicM (#32277022) Attached to: OpenBSD 4.7 Released

The problem is not a lack of an implementation, but not any implementation will do. It has to be suitable, and meet the OpenBSD project goals.

AppArmour and RSBAC are GPL. Trusted BSD is rather large, relies on some FreeBSDisms, and IMO is overengineered, I think it would be quite a hard sell, but there may be useful ideas. The fact is that even if something useful can be pulled out of Trusted BSD, someone is going to have to put in the time and do it. The reason they might do this, thankless or not, is because they want some sort of MAC in OpenBSD :-).

I think there is a fair amount of FUD on both sides. A few people do try to make out that MAC is a critical security component, when in fact it is merely a useful tool, and as all discussions so far show, it is far from being universally loved or adopted.

systrace is a good example of my point, despite being attacked by some developers, it was added to the kernel and base system, and recent discussions on removing it have decided to leave it alone despite its problems because it is useful as a ports debugging tool.

Comment: Re:Got my CD in the mail a few days ago (Score 1) 143

by NicM (#32276074) Attached to: OpenBSD 4.7 Released

With due respect, I think both you and the author of the "insecure" article have some fundamental misunderstandings about OpenBSD and the way the project works.

Just to note I don't speak for the project here, this is just my impressions from being involved for a short time.

Firstly, jokes about theocracy aside, OpenBSD is not a dictatorship. There are a lot of developers, and they don't all agree about everything.

So, even if some OpenBSD developers say they are skeptical about MAC, it doesn't mean all are, or that there is no way to salvage it, or that any code involving the term MAC would be dismissed out of hand. It just means that as it is now, well, they are skeptical. And nobody has appeared with suitable code to change minds. And perhaps that developers are tired of hearing about it from people who manifestly aren't going to contribute.

Secondly, in OpenBSD, contribution drives everything. People who write articles or feature requests or posts on Slashdot are taken much less seriously (if they are taken seriously at all) than people who contribute to the project. Many other OSS projects are the same, but in OpenBSD it is very plain.

Thirdly - and this is something most people seem to miss - any MAC implementation must meet the projects' goals (which are something that no current implementation I have seen does, and certainly not one which anyone has submitted code to implement in OpenBSD). At least it must: be good code; be appropriately licensed; be simple and understandable; be documented; and (important!) be secure by default.

So, if you sit down, design and write a MAC framework that meets those criteria, it will be properly considered. You will have to fight your corner, of course, and make a case that persuades others why it is useful, and accept review and make changes if necessary, but if you are prepared to do the work it will be taken seriously - it may not be accepted, but it will be given a lot more weight than writing an article about it.

The fact is that until someone is prepared to stop talking and hack on MAC support, this whole thing is really a nonissue inside the project. All developers have their own interests (sometimes many of them) and at the moment it is clear none of them care enough about MAC (whether it has benefits or not) strongly enough to get involved.

Comment: Re:Subjective summary is subjective (Score 1) 191

by NicM (#31534128) Attached to: OpenBSD 4.7 Preorders Are Up

It is a volunteer project - there is only one full time developer - and like all such it is a compromise between support and new features, and it happens that at the moment most people prefer doing development rather than maintenance. If everyone was interested in maintenance, OpenBSD releases might have a longer lifetime, but development pace would be considerably slower.

The fact is that as OpenBSD, unlike Linux, does not have large commercial backers, so unless people donate their time and money to work on the things they consider important, it becomes unlikely to happen. Perhaps you would like to donate some of your time to supporting older releases? I can say with some confidence that if you prefer just to complain, most OpenBSD users and developers will care very little for your opinions.

Note that there are commercial organizations providing OpenBSD support if you require it.

I don't know where you get your ideas about poor hardware support, OpenBSD hardware support is not hugely worse than, for example, FreeBSD, and better in some areas.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2, Insightful) 151

by NicM (#19993899) Attached to: OpenBSD Foundation Announced
> I wonder what Theo will say about all this? 9 times out of 10 he tends to scorn things,
> so I wonder if he'll embrace this with open arms, or just shun it like he does most things.

This is an official OpenBSD effort, all of the directors are OpenBSD developers. I'm sure
Theo was pretty central to setting it up, he is unlikely to shun it.

Comment: Re:Kind of makes you wish Nintendo had vision (Score 1) 146

by masklinn (#17755574) Attached to: 35 Million DSes Sold, 6 Million Wiis By End of March

this in support of the company that produced the GBA

Er... yeah, do you have any issue with the GBA?

a system that launched with Super Mario 64 DS

You're aware that other games have been released since Super Mario 64 right?

why doesn't the DS do anything else for me? With 35 million other folks out there owning one, it seems like there should be more here than whatever video game is inserted+pictochat.

You may be aware that the Nintendo DS is a game console, its first and foremost goal is to allow you to play games, not watch movies of listen to MP3s (even though first and third-party addons do actually allow you to)

The fact that it was built, marketed and thought of as a portable game console focused on allowing the user to play games, the very fact you criticize, is in fact probably one of the DS' sources of success. A minor one compared to the SW library, but one nonetheless.

Not to mention the complete and utter failure of the PSP's "entertainment center" strategy (have you checked the UMD movies sales as of late? Do you see many people using the PSP as their MP3 player? They're in the shitter and I don't, respectively)

If there were it would have to be sold seperately

As a matter of fact, there are, and they are already.

But I will give the PSP credit in the vein of my criticism against the DS: the PSP has upgradeable firmware and nothing that shows the lack of vision that pictochat displays.

Haven't seen the PSP's upgradeable firmware feature used for any upgrade yet, unless you consider "homebrew" crackdown an upgrade.

The Courts

IBM Denies Destroying Evidence in SCO Case 125

Posted by Hemos
from the i-sincerely-doubt-it dept.
Rob writes "IBM Corp has denied claims made by SCO Group that it destroyed evidence relevant to their ongoing breach-of-contract and copyright case, maintaining that SCO has had the evidence in question in its possession since March 2005. SCO, which believes IBM breached a contract by contributing Unix code to the Linux operating system, accused IBM of destroying evidence in a July 2006 court filing, claiming that "IBM directed 'dozens' of its Linux developers within its LTC [Linux Technology Center] and at least 10 of its Linux developers outside... to delete the AIX and/or Dynix source code from their computers.""

Great Programmers Answer Questions From Aspiring Student 347

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the inquiring-minds-wanna-know dept.
NathanBFH writes "Many of the questions that make it to the Ask Slashdot pages come from young and aspiring programmers wanting to know the role math and education play in the profession, or what makes certain programmers so much more productive than others, or what the future of the craft will look like. One young programmer by the name of Jarosaw "sztywny" Rzeszótko decided to ask these types of questions (and more) to the programmers he admired the most who also, it turns out, happen to be some of the most influential computer scientists and programmers of the last several decades. The result? Most of them happily responded. The results include the following: Linus Torvalds (Linux), Bjarne Stroustrup (C++), James Gosling (Java), Tim Bray (XML, Atom), Guido Van Rossum (Python), Dave Thomas (Pragmatic Programmer), David Heinemeier Hansson (Rails Framework), and Googlers Steve Yegge and Peter Norvig."

Will the Wii Work? 425

Posted by Zonk
from the like-a-charm-or-an-anvil dept.
Today BusinessWeek is running an article asking Will Nintendo's Wii Strategy Score? With the Tokyo Game Show this week, they run down the trials facing Nintendo's little-box-that-could both here in the States, and in Japan. From the article: "Few expect truly dedicated gamers to choose the Wii over the PS3 or Xbox. And ultimately, the advantage may go to Sony. Yuta Sakurai, an analyst at Nomura Securities in Tokyo, expects the PS3 to sell 71 million units by 2011, compared with 40 million units for the Wii. Microsoft, meanwhile, is planning a stripped-down version of the Xbox without a hard-disk drive and other accessories that will cost about $250 in Japan, where the U.S. software maker has endured disappointing results."

Gaming Platform of Choice - Console 390

Posted by Hemos
from the one-two-three-four-i-declare-a-flame-war dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Sick of PC snobs bragging about their "superior" gaming rigs? This opinion piece (a rebuttal lobbed at a previous article taking the opposite stance) presents the other side of the eternal debate over gaming preference — consoles vs. PCs. Get 10 good reasons why consoles are a better way to game with your hard-earned dollars. "

Kutaragi Admits Sony Hardware In Decline 68

Posted by Zonk
from the notfud dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In a surprising admission, Sony Computer Entertainment President Ken Kutaragi acknowledged that Sony's strength in game hardware might be in decline. BetaNews has the article, which reports on Sony's PS3 struggle for the holiday season." From the article: "In an extraordinary public statement of regret and despair over having to postpone his company's PlayStation 3 debut in Europe and Australia until March, and to limit availability elsewhere to only 500,000 units come November, Sony Computer Entertainment President Ken Kutaragi is quoted by Reuters as having told reporters, 'If you asked me if Sony's strength in hardware was in decline, right now I guess I would have to say that might be true.'"

PlayStation 3 Manufacturing Not Started Yet? 210

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-err-not-so-good-kaz dept.
aapold writes "Despite reports to the contrary, Sony Computer Entertainment American president Kaz Hirai states in an interview on Gamespot last week that 'We haven't started manufacturing yet. Some of our ops guys were actually just in China, and also in Japan just reviewing the [production] lines and everything else. But they are, again, preparing as we speak to get the manufacturing going. We've not announced and we haven't set really a specific date to say, 'As of this day we're going to start manufacturing.'"

Some Bands Still Refuse Music Downloads 545

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the equal-opportunity-shaft dept.
Zelbinian writes "Wired News reports there are a number of artists, ranging from The Beatles to Radiohead, that are still holding out on iTunes. Some feel that per-track downloads hurt the artistic integrity of albums as a whole; for others it's simply a matter of negotiation troubles. From the article: 'Since record companies have realized the popularity of iTunes and other sites, many reworked contracts to give artists less money per download. Andrews said while record companies once offered artists about 30 cents for each song sold, now musicians are earning less than a dime.'"

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