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+ - Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay"->

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.""

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+ - Apple's Tim Cook is gay. Seriously, he is.->

Submitted by rodrigoandrade
rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "What seems at first to be the pinnacle of Apple fanboy trolling is actually true. Tim Cook has publicly come out of the closet. "Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple."
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+ - Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed in Wget

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A critical flaw has been found and patched in the open source Wget file retrieval utility that is widely used on UNIX systems. The vulnerability is publicly identified as CVE-2014-4877. "It was found that wget was susceptible to a symlink attack which could create arbitrary files, directories or symbolic links and set their permissions when retrieving a directory recursively through FTP," developer Vasyl Kaigorodov writes in Red Hat Bugzilla. A malicious FTP server can stomp over your entire filesystem, tweets HD Moore, chief research officer at Rapid 7, who is the original reporter of the bug."

+ - Windows 10 to Feature Package Management->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Windows is finally being carried closer to the packaged management goodness that Linux users are familiar with. A PowerShell tool called OneGet will appear in Windows 10, which allows one to install thousands of applications, including third-party ones such as Firefox and VLC. There is also search functionality and a way to manage package repositories. OneGet uses the same package format as Chocolatey, one of the most popular third-party package managers for Windows, and you can add the Chocolatey repo to OneGet if you so wish. OneGet was originally rolled out as part of the Windows Management Framework 5.0 preview for Windows 8.1, and it's being actively worked on to try and ship it as a standard tool. Anyone can try it out in the current build of Windows 10 Technical Preview."
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Comment: Re:What difference will it make? (Score 1) 123

by jones_supa (#48258943) Attached to: 16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office
Hmmm. I wonder if you are just confirming what the parent comment said. The sheer linearity of that graph indeed hints that the improvements have mostly happened by just throwing more and more raw CPU power into the task, without breakthroughs in making the algorithms more accurate or efficient.

+ - OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release. Several commits earlier this month stripped out the loadable kernel modules support from OpenBSD. Phoronix's Michael Larabel has scoured around but has not yet found an official reason for the operating system dropping the support. He wagers that it is due to security or code quality/openness ideals."

Comment: You can pry it from my cold dead fingers (Score 1) 233

by jones_supa (#48251889) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday
Man, I'm sad to see this go. Even the Extended Support will end in January 2020 which comes sooner than we know. Yes, Windows 10 is bringing the classic desktop back, but it seems that it is becoming a unelegant mishmash of Modern UI widgets and classic Windows widgets. I guess it's back to Linux-land, the place where I camped during the whole Windows XP era.

Comment: Re:Non-system Admin Here (Score 1) 824

Many scripts directly read configuration files, create lists of filenames and deal with various environment variables. Those are all input. Also there are lots of scripts which do not call just one "startup program" but acquire data from tens of helper processes. For an example, see the bind9 script, which was featured in another comment in this discussion. I have also seen weird "Invalid argument" breakage when the interface of one of those accessories changes slightly.

+ - 'Funniest Person in the World' Comes From Finland->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Finnish comedian Ismo Leikola has been named the Funniest Person in the World. He won $10,000 in the competition run by US club chain The Laugh Factory, and decided by an online poll. Leikola attracted 158,945 votes; more than twice as many second-placed Saad Haroon, from Pakistan. Mustapha El Atrassi of France was third, Nitin Mirani of United Arab Emirates was fourth and Archie Bezos of Spain was fifth. Leikola is also a frequent performer in the UK, having made his Edinburgh debut in 2008. When Chortle reviewed him in London earlier this month they praised his 'delightful naivety of the idiot savant' and 'gift for comic misunderstanding'. See it for yourself: the article includes an embedded video of Leikola's winning set."
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Comment: Re:You could make maps for quake (Score 1) 50

by jones_supa (#48250497) Attached to: Quake Meets Minecraft in FPS Construction Kit Gunscape

I think this is why Minecraft is so popular. Things are built up from simple bricks, and anybody can pick it up and start building. You don't need to take a course to figure out how to build stuff.

Yep, that is exactly the reason. There is no tedious-looking CAD-like program to learn, one can instead start right away messing around with blocks in a natural environment. It is also surprising how large architectural things people wind up building in the game, even when one might think that the most complex stuff would already be much more efficient to design inside a dedicated software for the purpose. I guess the game also gives the illusionary feeling that you are building something concrete instead of just drawing some lines on engineering paper.

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