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Comment: Re:Summary of above post (Score 1) 287

by bernywork (#49248889) Attached to: NTP's Fate Hinges On "Father Time"

> get a cheap GPS unit and attach it to a local server.

Yes, I should buy 40,000 cheap GPS units. Actually, you know what? I'm going to ask Dell, HP and Intel to implement this. Oh crap, I can't, 'cause I can't get a GPS signal in a DC.

You really didn't think about this too hard did you? People have been working at this for years, NTP does a heck of a lot of stuff to ensure that the clock is accurate, and how much you can trust the information you're given. NTP isn't a cheap hack, it's mathematically brilliant for distributed systems.

Comment: Re:I have two problems with this article. (Score 1) 287

by bernywork (#49248625) Attached to: NTP's Fate Hinges On "Father Time"

Stuff dependant upon time of day, ACL restrictions, replay attacks of time based credentials (Tokens I guess in the previous post).

Even log analysis across systems if the clocks in different systems are drifting faster and slower according the the temp of the system would be a major PITA.

Let's not start looking at the consequences to financial exchanges (Expiring bond markets, matching trades across disparate systems), telephony (TDMA, billing systems), depending on how far you take it, train signalling, air traffic control... Basically, this list is endless.

Comment: Re:How about we hackers? (Score 4, Informative) 863

> From what I can see on the RHEL lists that have many professional admins, there's been no hue and cry, no sky falling, etc.


I don't know about you, but I admin about 400 odd servers, we've got about 40,000 globally. I've still got RHEL 4 boxes (Soon to be decomm'ed) Only some (5 - 10) of the boxes I built last year are RHEL 6. Everything else is RHEL 5 still. It works, I've no need to go above that for our purposes.

Now, I've got some new re-purposed boxes that I've started building with RHEL 7, and I've just started dropping myself into systemd.

Changing the startup scripts of *every* vendors application out there? No commercial applications are setup for systemd, this is going to be a loooooooooooooooong drawn out process to make this work.

RHEL 7 is brand new, very few people have started using it, the customers haven't had a chance to comment on it yet.

+ - After Snowden: Prioritising Free Software for Computing You Can Trust->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The president and the executive director of April, the French free software advocacy association, published this week an article in the popular French newspaper Libération entitled "After Snowden: Prioritising Free Software for Computing You Can Trust"

Here are two excerpts :

"The mechanism that establishes computing you can trust is not any different from that which regulates a modern democratic society. It essentially rests on the right to vote, associated with access to objective information. Free/libre software, which, in a global computer base dominated by Microsoft, is gathering momentum, is the only one to follow these principles: its code is accessible to everyone and its modifications are collectively decided on by a community of developers. The installation of a backdoor by the NSA within the source code of a free program is theoretically not impossible, but it will always remain much less likely than it would be within a proprietary program, whose code is kept secret."

"That said, technical solutions have their limits. What we need is political awareness, both at the governmental level and at the individual level. This choice is going to require some efforts from each of us: proprietary software programs have for years aimed to infantilize our relationship with IT, on the assumption that the less we knew, the more we would behave like captive customers. Regaining control of one's computing is not easy, but it is an essential civic initiative. Everyone should try to give priority to free software.""

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Patent lawsuit - Win-Win? (Score 1) 52

by bernywork (#46211303) Attached to: Microsoft Building an 'Xbox Reading' App For Windows 8

Actually, looking at it further, the whole $600m was involved in that settlement.

Who cares what the conclusion was? Which way did the money go?

300m from MS to B&N.
How much from B&N to MS? Zero. They did get stock though. Ultimately worth nothing if the business goes bust.

MS wouldn't have paid if they weren't screwed, no matter the terms of the deal. They might get that money back ultimately, but nobody involved would have called that a win if the patents were so strong.

Comment: Patent lawsuit (Score 2, Interesting) 52

by bernywork (#46210215) Attached to: Microsoft Building an 'Xbox Reading' App For Windows 8

Let's get one thing straight here, the only reason why Microsoft dropped $300m into the Nook business was to bury a antitrust suit by Barnes and Noble over the patents they were allegedly infringing by using Android. Fearing failure and their Android licensing business drying up, they decided to make the whole lot go away.

Comment: Remote wipe? Not enough (Score 4, Funny) 80

by bernywork (#44461277) Attached to: Google Announces Android Device Manager For Later This Month

I want remote brick, if I lose my phone, I want it being completely useless to the next person, no firmware flash, no nothing; a paper weight. I don't want it being sold off for a tenner and sent to another country that doesn't subscribe to the block list.... Actually, you know what? I want it catch fire, I want it to be an incinerated paper weight!

Comment: Re:Screw The Big Traders (Score 1) 152

by bernywork (#44047887) Attached to: HFT Nothing To Worry About (at Least In Australia)

> You're absolutely right, they weren't designed right.

Well, they were designed right back then when markets behaved the way they did. Things change. I know people on designing medical software now that wouldn't design it the same way 5 years ago.

Finance is no different. 10 years ago, you would never have considered Hadoop or anything like that, but now, large distributed systems are exactly what people are looking at instead of running batch all the time.

> I thought old, inappropriate systems at banks were common knowledge...

Only to people who work in IT / Finance, and only more recently with the failures in the UK and other places which showed how antiquated systems are.

It's more a management point of allowing what is happening to happen. "Why not push the HFT customers off to another platform so that the rest of the customers aren't impacted by them?" was more my point.

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