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Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 2) 471

by ReeceTarbert (#48968407) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

If only FreeBSD would boot my old 08 Macbook but only Ubuntu works on it...someone make a howto if it's possible, Linux blows.

Assuming you're serious and the problem is that you can't get FreeBSD to boot after the installation, check the post installation steps ("gpart" section towards the end) -- they fixed my late 2009 iMac.


Comment: Re:About that Intel 3D NAND... (Score 1) 438

by ReeceTarbert (#48466201) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

And while Intel will "begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year" Samsung has been doing just that for a few months. For insgtance, here a review from last June: Samsung 850 Pro SSD Review: 3D Vertical NAND Hits Desktop Storage. But, then again, since when has IT World needed any facts? ;-)


Comment: Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 265

by ReeceTarbert (#48157121) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Heartbleed was caused by a FreeBSD bug,

No. Heartbleed is a security bug in the OpenSSL cryptography library. OpenSSL, in turn, is an open-source implementation of the SSL and TLS protocols vailable for most Unix-like operating systems (including Solaris, Linux, Mac OS X and the various open source BSD operating systems), OpenVMS and Microsoft Windows. See? Not OS specific.

Shellshock was caused by a GNU bash bug.

Correct but, again, not OS specific.

Both projects are independent of the Linux Kernel Project. That's the project managed by Linus. So blaming Linus management for the lost confidence on open source security is, at least, unbased.

True, but the article didn't mention either and, let's face it, a kernel with no applications to run wouldn't be much fun -- or useful.


Comment: Re:I don't buy it (Score 1) 265

by ReeceTarbert (#48147755) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

And the bugs this article refers to are BSD's and GNU's fault.

Would you care to elaborate? The article talks about Heartbleed and Shellshock bugs which, affecting userland components, aren't OS specific.

Actually, I find it odd that you singled out the BSD family, especially considering that bash is not part of the default FreeBSD install and, even if a user decides to install it, /bin/sh is not the same executable as /bin/bash (or rather /usr/local/bin/bash). The FreeBSD went even as far as to disable the "export function" feature by default on 20140926:

AFFECTS: users of shells/bash

Bash supports a feature of exporting functions in the environment with
export -f. Running bash with exported functions in the environment will
then import those functions into the environment of the script being ran.
This resulted in security issues CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169, commonly
known as "shellshock". It also can result in poorly written scripts being
tricked into running arbitrary commands.

To fully mitigate against this sort of attack we have applied a non-upstream
patch to disable this functionality by default.
You can execute bash
with --import-functions to allow it to import functions from the
environment. The default can also be changed in the port by selecting the


Comment: Re:Shellshock is way worse (Score 0) 94

by ReeceTarbert (#48120251) Attached to: How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

For the record, Yahoo, running FreeBSD, was compromised via Shellshock.

No, not really:

Earlier today, we reported that we isolated a handful of servers that were detected to have been impacted by a security flaw. After investigating the situation fully, it turns out that the servers were in fact not affected by Shellshock.

Also, are you sure that Yahoo is running FreeBSD on every server? I can't find anything more recent than this piece from 2011, but it would appear that 75% of Yahoo’s Web sites and services run on Linux".


Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 531

In particular, Marx does not "view labour as something nobody really wants to do" - wtf do you get that from?

Where are the mod points when you really need them?!? +several million to you for saying something sensible rather than repeating something heard somewhere -- over and over. I just wonder if the people talking in favor or against net neutrality are as clueless as they are when they talk about Marxism or, for that matter, any other sufficiently complex subject.

Oh, and why did you have to post this as AC? I think it was well reasoned and worth reading, actually.


Comment: Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (Score 1) 327

by ReeceTarbert (#47669117) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

If *most* people were content with one job and a reduced income things would start to really improve - the labor market would be dramatically slashed, and the law of supply and demand means that wages would rise across the board as businesses compete for a limited labor pool.

Apologies for being blunt, but you are delusional. Have you heard about Ireland? People have "accepted" wage cuts just for the privilege of keeping their job BUT:

1) The labor market has NOT improved;

2) Cost of living has NOT gone down;

In other words: things are tough all over.

And dot get me started about the mythical "law of supply and demand", because we might as well be talking about Santa Klaus, the Tooth Fairy or, since I mentioned Ireland, Leprechauns.


Comment: Re:It's not taking over "the human brain" (Score 4, Informative) 224

by ReeceTarbert (#46692029) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

The really scary part is that these Twitter minds lack the ability to see outside themselves. If it happens to me, then it happens to all of humanity.

Worse yet, the article uses the plural "researchers" but quotes none except Mrs Wolf who, in turn, is just relating her own experience rather than any factual research. Examples:

Researchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences [...]

Before the Internet, the brain read mostly in linear ways [...] researchers said.

Some researchers believe that for many people [...]

Researchers say that the differences between text and screen reading should be studied more thoroughly [...]

But, hey, who needs to refer to any research when you can fill an article with anecdotal evidence from Claire Handscombe, Brandon Ambrose, and Ramesh Kurup? I mean, that should plenty to convince anyone, no? ;-)


Comment: Re:Why not upgrade to Chromebooks? (Score 4, Informative) 341

The UK government should follow the example of the London Council and upgrade to Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Let's see: the summary mentions that "last September 85% of the NHS's 800,000 computers were running XP" which translates to 680,000 computers. A Chromebook is like $200 a pop, so migrating all of them would cost $136,000,000. Not such a big saving, is it?

Not to mention that being tied hands and feet to [insert any company here] is no better than being tied hands and feet to Microsoft, you'd have a ridiculous amount of local storage and no control whatsoever over how (and where) your other data is stored. And I can easily imagine that they also have lots of custom-made applications that wouldn't run in Chrome OS anyway.


Comment: Re:It's not free (Score 2) 212

by ReeceTarbert (#46407115) Attached to: PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

The "race to zero" has done nothing but create a wasteland of crappy "freemium" games. Dungeon Keeper is the culmination of developers' efforts to move the pricing model away from initial purchase and into in-app purchases. The practice has absolutely decimated gaming. I don't necessarily see Steam's move as a good thing.

Speaking of Dungeon Keeper and the flood of "freemium" games I'd like to see less and less of, here's a much a more sane (as in opposite) take on the subject: How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry

And now, I don't think that what's good good for Apple or Valve is going to be necessarily good for gamers and game developers.


Comment: Re:one obvious update is available.. (Score 1) 241

by ReeceTarbert (#46363025) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

A lot of people hate Windows 8... but Microsoft is still justified in terminating support for XP in a couple months.

Except for the fact that Microsoft has extended support for Windows XP until July 2015 -- and let's not forget that in August Windows XP will be 13 years old and OS X Snow Leopard just 5.


Comment: Re:False (Score 3, Informative) 241

by ReeceTarbert (#46358383) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

This update had one security fix. The fix for the recent SSL bug. This bug did not affect OSX Snow Leopard or earlier, therefore this update is not needed.

Right so far...

It's not at all a sign that Apple no longer supports Snow Leopard.

But very wrong about this one. This table says that OS X Mavericks is indeed a security update for OS X v10.6.8 and later (18th row in the table). Also, the issue has been discussed before


The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."