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Comment: Re:And most don't care (Score 3, Informative) 85

by Noryungi (#49749445) Attached to: NSA Planned To Hijack Google App Store To Hack Smartphones

That's because it doesn't affect most people. Besides, in relative terms it isn't too bad. Yes, pervasive surveillance infringes people's rights[1], and (speculatively) a small number of people who haven't done anything wrong get hurt by that. But the US (and the rest of the 5 eyes) aren't China, or North Korea, or ISIS. They aren't actively killing or seriously repressing large numbers of their own people. All this stuff just doesn't impact on the life of Joe Ordinary, so he doesn't care.

Some people within the United States may disagree with you. Pot, meet Kettle. Kettle, meet Pot.

Comment: Re:Time To Give It a Try (Score 2) 80

by Noryungi (#49596081) Attached to: OpenBSD 5.7 Released

[...] Maybe OpenBSD could create a section on their web site that provides documentation on the advantages of BSD over Linux as well as some advice on how to avoid common pitfalls that Linux users typically make in BSD. [...] In any event, I'm curious to see what I'll miss coming from the Linux world after spending some time in OpenBSD.
On a semi-related note: what's with replacing nginx with their own http daemon? Is the NIH syndrome spreading to OpenBSD as well?

Nope, they have explained at legnth that nginx was getting too big, and its developpers too unresponsive, for it to be a part of base anymore. That was also the case with the previous web server, which was an old version of Apache with a lot of patches.You can still install nginx from ports though and Apache is in there somewhere as well.

As far as documentation is concerned, please refer to the OpenBSD FAQ:


What will you miss? Probably not much, except for the eye candy. OpenBSD is a really good and complete OS, and its quality is excellent.

Comment: Re:New HTTP daemon (Score 4, Insightful) 80

by Noryungi (#49596025) Attached to: OpenBSD 5.7 Released

No, most people want to run a simple PHP website (Wordpress, Drupal, etc). But since almost every modern CMS and framework require at least a simple form of URL rewriting (rewrite every request for a non-existig file to /index.php), OpenBSD's httpd is a no-go.

Err... If you are running PHP on OpenBSD, you have COMPLETELY missed the point of OpenBSD in the first place.

Seriously, though. PHP?

Comment: Re:Russians still have access? (Score 2) 167

by Noryungi (#49510571) Attached to: ISS Could Be Fitted With Lasers To Shoot Down Space Junk

Oh boy, that was such a flame-bait post.

Just cool down, man, the ISS is still up there and still useful -- this (shooting space junk) is just a good example of it.

Besides, if the US Governement had invested in space research and (cheap, reliable) space access, you guys would not be at the tender mercies of the naughty naughty Russian bear. So you only have yourselves to blame here...

+ - French hosting providers stand against Intelligence Law Black Box project->

Submitted by nbs-system
nbs-system writes: French hosting providers stand united against the Black Box project. That is why we wrote an open letter to the French government asking its members to reconsider.

The “Black Box” project proposed by the French government goes, by some aspects, further than what was reproached to the US with the Patriot Act. This measure allowing the tapping, at any moment, of all the traffic of a hosting provider or an Internet service provider in the purpose of looking for potential terrorists seems relatively vain, very poorly targeted and economically counter-productive.

All this, beyond being useless in terms of results, seems to be a very bad direction to move in, regarding the confidentiality to which no one will ever be entitled to again, as well as for the fact that it will kill a part of French economy, one of the only ones still growing.

That is why we ask the French government to reconsider.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Going after hosting providers is kinda dumb (Score 1) 105

Most people are against that kind of intrusion, especially if they are correctly informed about it. A lot of major newspapers in France have suddenly woken up and taken notice, as they are very much concerned they won't be able to protect their sources in the future.

Ditto for lawyers and many other institutions.

So there is hope after all...

Comment: Re:you can use that letter as weapon (Score 1) 105

These companies already have a sgnificant presence (data centers) in other european countries.

There are countries, in Europe, that protect their citizen's privacy a lot better than France. Germany comes to mind, for instance.

Plus, apart from the existing infrastructure, nothing is going to prevent these companies from moving -- a data center is a data center, anywhere in the world.

Comment: Re:Figures (Score 2) 105

run WHERE? To Russia? Or China? Yeah, no monitoring going on there.

OVH is based in the North of France and has mentioned they would move to Belgium. This is one of the biggest hoster in Europe, so it could be a big deal.

Gandi, which is one of the biggest Registrar in Europe, has said it would move to Switzerland.

I don't know about the others.

Comment: Re:Just another reminder to use LibreSSL (Score 1) 64

by Noryungi (#49293403) Attached to: OpenSSL Security Update Less Critical Than Expected, Still Recommended

AFAIK, OpenSSL is Apache Licensed and LibreSSL is, well... BSD-Licensed.

If you accept an Apache-style license, I really don't see why LibreSSL's BSD is a problem.

You had a better argument when it came to the fact that OpenSSL is still active. Or, at least, that there is activity in the project, including some projects to audit the whole thing.

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