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Comment: Maybe only 1000 (Score 1) 498

by gmuslera (#48035259) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

1 millon is a very big number. Mankind odds for the future could be vastly improved if we send maybe 1000 (specific) people to Mars. Or to the bottom of the sea, or maybe just sacrifice them in a volcano.

Seriously, for sending big amounts of people and materials elsewhere you need more than rockets, maybe an space elevator, or a cheaper/more efficient way to send big loads to space (there are several alternatives for non-rocket spacelaunch)

Comment: Re:Bash is a very crappy programming language. (Score 0) 326

by gmuslera (#48018569) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found
The vulnerability is in the language parser, not the language design by itself. Imagine that in java (or whatever is a "proper" designed language for you, just that don't be PHP) you put some weird syntax that makes the compiler to execute injected code.

Comment: Re:Soon to be patched (Score 4, Informative) 326

by gmuslera (#48018519) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

The Microsoft that delays releasing patches for zero-day vulnerabilities so the NSA can exploit them first? The one that took 7 years to fix a known vulnerability? The one that took 7 months to fix a remote IE exploit after it was reported, just because it wasn't public enough?

And with linux, as long as you install from your distribution (that already have most if not all that you will ever need to install), you have security fixes for all of what you have installed, not just the kernel or a minimal core of apps.

Comment: Re:Why does Mozilla even bother with Firefox OS? (Score 2) 132

by gmuslera (#48013711) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Firefox OS It is already on market, and is probably very used on markets like India and South America

And to understand why it matters you must understand the players. The manufacturers are providing cheap phones where they can run without the restrictions/conditions of WP/Android, same goes for carriers (that are actively pushing Firefox OS phones in emergent markets), and developing apps considering that is Firefox OS around means doing open, multiplatform web apps, not just for one OS/device, that is in the end Mozilla's goal, if Ubuntu touch means more html apps, then it will be something possitive for Mozilla.

You can access and install apps from the Firefox Marketplace on Android, it turned Firefox OS irrelevant, or made it more relevant than before?

Comment: Re:battle with Android and iOS first! (Score 2) 132

by gmuslera (#48013649) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Considering that you can install ubuntu touch in several of the existing android phones, it is already battling with Android on the installed base.

It runs in different fronts. With WP8 is battling against an unified desktop/mobile OS (something that iOS and Android aren't doing). With Sailfish/Tizen is battling for developers of QT/linux environments (and getting enough developers will be good for all 3 platforms),

And as any race, your immediate objective is to catch the ones that are right infront of you, not the ones that are on top, To be the 3rd mobile platform is a good near term objective.

Comment: Layers (Score 2) 221

by gmuslera (#47970435) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux
Not just thin. The time has come for cluster-targetted distributions. Openstack, CoreOS and others are minimal linux meant to do mostly a supporting work for loading over them as VMs or container clouds the more bulky application linux servers/images/containers. All is about having a bunch of servers (real or virtual), installing something minimal that builds a cloud on them. It's linux all way down.

Comment: Re:1 week's warning (Score 1) 68

by gmuslera (#47846215) Attached to: Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

Was my biggest concern. Shortly after it got discovered was concluded that won't hit us. But we got a short time notice, in the case that it would be precisely calculated where it would land, and that be over/near a big city (even with the low odds of it), would be no way to stop it, and for some scale of cities 1 week of advice won't be enough (or will do by itself enough damage).

We should hope that bigger/more damaging rocks should be more visible and that we get aware of them with more anticipation, but in the other hand, we are using now the money that we could invest in detect or even avoid that kind of end of the world scenarios on saving banks of their own risk taking or creating new wars.

Comment: Re:No one cares enough to build a competitor. (Score 2) 47

by gmuslera (#47843589) Attached to: Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

LXC existed for some years so far, and the same for containers and similar technologies in other platforms. What Docker added over lxc is adding the use of an unionfs for reusing/improving containers, a simple way to share them, and a simple but powerful command line utility and api to manage them.

There is nothing so special in sulphur, charcoal and salt peter, but do the right mix with them and you get something explosive (and used in revolutions, too)

Comment: Re:jails and zones (Score 1) 29

by gmuslera (#47818247) Attached to: Bringing New Security Features To Docker

You forgot to name OpenVZ too, that is older than Solaris Zones. And Docker is originally based on LXC, that have several years. But is more than just containers, the layered copy-on-write union filesystem have a lot of practical advantages, the git-like repository for images redefines app packaging and the simple api is flexible enough to spawn a lot of projects that improved the ecosystem a lot in the last year.

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