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Comment Cisco gets a pass every time (Score 1) 42

Why do not open source aficionados more often criticize how the firmware of Cisco Systems hardware is not open source? Why is there no worry about backdoors either? There's a lot of yacking about UEFI backdoors, Windows telemetry, NSA surveillance, Facebook datamining... but Cisco seems to get a pass.

Submission + - Severe Vulnerability Lets Attackers Take Control of Cisco VPN Server Equipment (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Cisco has released urgent security patches aimed at fixing a security vulnerability in some of its firewall equipment that employs several versions of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software. This equipment is used mainly in data centers and bigger enterprises. As soon as the news broke, attackers already started scanning the Internet for open ports. Since the vulnerability only affects devices configured to run as VPN servers, this means that they need to have open ports to the Internet by default, putting all devices in danger of being hijacked. A Shodan scan shows that over 5.8 million devices have those ports open, but not all are Cisco.

Submission + - Kim Jong-un Found to be Mac User

jones_supa writes: He might hate the United States, but he sure digs those designed-in-California computers. You probably wouldn't take Kim Jong-un as a Mac user. Usually, in photos of him checking out military computers, we see the North Korean dictator in front of a PC with a Dell monitor. However, a handful of photos of the supreme leader at his own desk show him with Macs, leading to the assumption that while the military may use PCs, his personal preference is Mac. Reuters correspondent James Pearson, who covers both Koreas, tweeted out a fresh image of little Kim using a MacBook Pro inside an aircraft. There are other images, including a 2013 image of Kim Jong-un at his desk with an iMac. That same year, the South Korean newspaper Chosun published a photo from North Korean Central News Agency, which features an Apple iMac. This might also explain why the country's home-grown Linux distribution Red Star imitates OS X.

Submission + - ZDNet Writer Argues Over Windows 10 Phoning Home

jones_supa writes: Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes whipped up a frenzy over Windows 10 when a Voat user found out in a little experiment that the operating system phones home thousands of times a day. ZDNet's Ed Bott has written a follow-up where he points out how the experiment should not be taken too dramatically. 602 connection attempts were to 192.168.1.255 using UDP port 137, which means local NetBIOS broadcasts. Another 630 were DNS requests. Next up was 1,619 dropped connection attempts to address 94.245.121.253, which is a Microsoft Teredo server. The list goes on with NTP, random HTTP requests, and various cloud hosts which probably are reached by UWP apps. He summarizes by saying that a lot of connections are not at all about telemetry. However, what kind of telemetry and datamined information Windows specifically sends, still remains largely a mystery, with hopefully curious people doing more analysis on the operating system and network traffic sent by it.

Comment Re: I was able to successfully use a docx (Score 0) 165

I appreciate if they fix stuff reported quickly, but still... as many bugs as possible should be fixed in internal quality assurance, before the product reaches the customer. If an average joe sees a crash here, a glitch there, and some messed formatting, he might not meticulously report them and wait for fixes, but rather quickly reinstall Microsoft Office. Operating systems and office suites are a big game, you just have to be good.

Comment Re: I was able to successfully use a docx (Score 0) 165

Most of the time, although not all of the time, it is due to either a very poorly formatted document, or using non-standard fonts, or both.

Doesn't matter. That's still denialism. It still does not work. The end user will throw the software in trash. There must be compatibility even for badly-designed documents, because in real life we have those as well.

Often Linux is defended by saying that the BIOS writers simply did a bad job. Well, maybe they did, but at the end of the day, we just want a computer that works. So in the operating system we must write good workarounds for firmware bugs if we want a good user experience.

Comment Re:Does Raspbian OS use systemd? (Score 1) 59

Stop whining man. *Do* something about it.

I suspect that SystemD whiners do not even want to do anything about it. They just want something to whine about. It feels relaxing and is a great way to release some general stress.

It's like a lady watching Bold & Beautiful on the television. She yaks how rubbish the series is and how lame the characters are. But dare you to change the channel...

Submission + - Windows 10 Update KB3135173 Is a Lemon For Some (softpedia.com)

jones_supa writes: Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 10 cumulative update just a few hours ago, but posts on Microsoft's community forums reveal that for some computers KB3135173 fails to install or freezes during the setup. Users have no other option than to manually reboot the computer and interrupt the process. You might want to postpone downloading and installing this update until Microsoft's quality assurance team gets the glitch resolved.

Submission + - Chinese Tech Group Offers To Buy Opera

jones_supa writes: There's been plenty of speculation around the future of web browser maker Opera, and now that looks like it will soon be resolved. Today the Norway-headquartered company confirmed that it has received a $1.2 billion acquisition offer from a group fronted by Chinese consumer tech companies Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360. The deal is for 100% of the company, and it represents a 53% premium on the company’s valuation based on its most recent trading price. Opera's board said in a statement (PDF) that it has "unanimously decided to recommend" its shareholders to accept the bid. The final deal is subject to government and shareholders' approvals.

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